Black Comedy

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How is the audiences experience of a play affected by the space in which it is performed?
Space is an important element in drama since the stage itself also represents a space where action is presented. One must of course never forget that different types of stage have changed in the history of the theatre and that this has also influenced the way plays were performed. The analysis of places and the settings in plays can help one get a better feel for characters and their behaviour but also for the overall atmosphere. The play “ The removalist” written by David Williamson explores prevalent Australian attitudes about masculinity, violence and racism through the use of characterisation, language, and performance space and proxemics. “the removalist” is the play that my group had re-enacted; in my group performance for the removalist, our group had staged the scene by creating different spaces throughout our original space that we were given and we also created levels descending on what particular block the character’s would be on like Fiona; she is a very quiet, lower class subtle character who is often over powered by her elder upperclass sister. The difference in the stages levels are shown when Fiona is pushed back onto the bench and sitting there quietly behind her sister whereas the spotlight is on Kate and the other characters. This shows the importance of Fiona’s role throughout the play. The scenes impact from the use of levels makes the audience automatically feel sorry for Fiona as she is always the ignored one and is mostly pushed back by her elder sister, creating a feel of empathy towards Fiona from the audience, this changes their experience. The play Norm and Ahmed the use of language and status throughout Buzo’s play helps convey to the audience the themes of racism and violence in Australian culture. During the scene we explored I played Ahmed the…...

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