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Hi just checking sir do you know brechts views on fire or snow used on stage?
I'm not aware of him using either in any of his productions. He still might have feelings about how they were used in the productions we saw. For example, the fire in Frankenstein was real - adding to a naturalistic feeling to the play, which he would have reacted against. He would have much preferred the fire in Jeeves and Wooster. You can say this in the essay. One of the quotes on the website talks about "showing the mechanics" of the stage. This therefore shows the theatre as theatre, creating the Verfremdungseffekt he was after. If you're looking for more tips, Shannon has messaged me in the thread above.
That's great thanks a lot.
I went to see a pantomime yesterday directed also by Dominic hill could I perhaps dip into that comparing to Dominic hills other work and reinforcing my argument?
Is it ok to talk about how there were no flats used in the productions of Hamlet and Frankenstein?
Sorry about all the questions!!
Absolutely no problem about the questions. It's great that you're actively pursuing answers. Yes, you can talk about Hill's other works as a point of comparison - I think that would make for more interesting reading.
Also, that's a good point about the flats. It's a nice idea talking about what was lacking in the visual aspect of the productions. I wouldn't go into too much detail about all the things it didn't have, but by all means talk about the lack of flats.
Keep the questions coming.
Thanks that's great, quite a difficult question.
I'm sure there will be more questions to come.
Hi sorry for another question, I was just wondering if Brecht ever used mime and if it would be ok to comment on Dominic Hills use of it in his production of Scrooge compared to his prod of Hamlet?
"Although the settings in Brecht's productions were clearly theatrical, the costumes and properties were not. Great care was taken to make each property and its useauthentic for the period or character (Figure 23). In Brecht's theatre, if a chicken were to be plucked the actor did not mime or roughly approximate the action--the chicken was plucked. Costumes had to make clear the social class of the persons wearing them. This places Brecht directly in the line with the Meiningen Players, though again the gestus is particularly social rather than historical"
As far as I'm aware he didn't use mime, and really enjoyed the aesthetics of good, well-made props. There's a quote for that in plays.holyrood-drama.com.
However, I don't think he would be against the use of mime, which you can say in the essay. You could even say he probably misses a trick my not using mime, as it has the potential to create Verfremdungseffekt.
Keep the questions coming, by all means.
That's great thanks a lot that helps hugely :)
Hi sir, is it strictly 1 or 2 plays or can you write more?
I've answered this question in the other blog above to Shannon. I'd recommend looking over those posts as it may help you. What I said was:
You can use between one or two productions, dabbling into a third (but really examiners will want you to focus on just one or two).
Hope that helps. As I've said to Sam, feel free to keep the questions coming. Part of your essay can and should focus on what Brecht would probably say about some of the things the director chose to do in his production. So, even though as far as I can remember Brecht didn't use "in the round staging" he would probably appreciate its use, as it could help with the Verfremdungseffekt - reminding the audience they are watching a play. They are reminded by this through seeing other audience members all the way through the production.
thank you! didn't see the other blog there :) helps a lot
Hi Sir, we are in the library and stressing about Pretext questions, we don't have many notes on it and struggling to find quotes
Sir, I cant remember the name of the person who created the guidelines of a Conservative, Liberal and Radical director or the book it came from and I cant find it in my notes
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