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Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill dramatises contemporary life in 1980s Britain depicting a time of change and shifting priorities and expectations as far as women were concerned within society. The period was characterised by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Yet unlike the country’s political agenda, Theatre was not driven by a female force. […]

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Given the abstraction of Waiting for Godot, does it make sense

Waiting for Godot is an extremely important play. In terms of the development of absurdist drama and of academic theory entering popular thought, this work is very significant. The play can only be understood within its historical context. As a piece of absurdist drama, indeed one of the defining moments of this genre, it relies […]

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How Does The Play Challenge Or

In Caryl Churchill’s play ‘Cloud Nine’, stereotypes are significant in forming an important part of representation, as they are social constructions, which are used to characterise groups of people, beliefs, ideas and places. Therefore, as the first act of Cloud Nine took place in Victorian Africa in 1879, it was vital that that both men […]

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Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park

Tonight, we went to the play, “Barefoot in the Park. ” It was actually a really great play. The play is set after a six day honeymoon with Paul Bratter, a buttoned-down, straight-arrow lawyer who is wound a little too tight and who has just won his first case (6 cents in damages), and his […]

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Moliere’s play Tartuffe – dicussion of the events

In Moliere’s play Tartuffe, the events the characters experience parallel the events that occur not only in society but to circumstances that happened to me as well. Such events include seduction, reverse psychology, being the head of the household, obeying and disobeying the parents, secret agreements and peer pressure. Seduction. “To attempt and draw away […]

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Waiting for Godot – Meaningless of Life

“Waiting for Godot” is a famous tragic-comedy play written by Samuel Beckett. This book exposes the painfulness of human beings, which is actually the situation of contemporary world after the Second World War. “It is living that produces pain and suffering, not sin, which is the theologians’ invention.” (Hayman 1968: 17) Meaningless and Nothingness, uncertainty, […]

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Salieri’s religion

Salieri’s religion is a major theme within the play; it is his Catholic values and beliefs that make the play so effective. At the start of Act 1 Salieri admits his lifelong desire for fame ‘yet only in one special way. Music! Absolute music’. He longed ‘to join al the composers who had celebrated His […]

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Shakespeare’s King Henry the V

In my essay I will comment on the different interpretations of Shakespeare’s King Henry V, Act 1, Scene 2 by Olivier and Branagh. The two film directors, Olivier and Branagh, create very different moods and atmospheres. Both directors also use different techniques of film language to get a particular image across to the audience. The […]

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Caryl Churchill’s play, ‘Top Girls’

When first looking at Caryl Churchill’s play, ‘Top Girls’ we can analyse the main Acts and obtain some impression concerning the possible dramatic and thematic purpose of the Acts and sections within these Acts. Within Act one, I feel that Caryl Churchill’s main purpose is to bring characters and their stories to us and to […]

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Oliver Goldsmith’s ‘She Stoops to Conquer’

Oliver Goldsmith’s ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ focuses on the seemingly inconsequential and often innocent mistakes of distinctively human characters. Goldsmith has portrayed his characters through various types of humour, including comedy of manners, farce and comedy of situation, which are the three basic types used in the play. Goldsmith also uses wit, puns, satire and […]

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The Merchant Of Venice Report Analysis

Anti-Semitism and the cruel treatment of the Jewish people has been a reality for thousands of years. In William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, one of the characters is the symbol of anti-Semitic feelings that was prevalent in Elizabethan society. Shylock the Jew, one of Shakespeare’s more ambiguous and debatable antiheroes, is an isolated character […]

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The White Devil

John Webster writes of three Female characters in his play ‘The White Devil;’ Isabella, Vittoria and Cornelia, only one of which playing a major role. This character weighting may be an initial clue to the under representation of women in the play which is dominated by male characters. Vittoria Corobona represents a strong lustful character, […]

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There have been critics led by Dr Johnson who have wished away

As in the majority of plays, the opening act is once which sets the mood, atmosphere and general location for the rest of the play. Some might say it is the more important of acts as it is the deciding factor of whether the audience will be interested in watching the play or not. The […]

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Apply Sinclair and Coultards

I have applied Sinclair and Coultard’s framework to three extracts from the play ‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright. I found studying the first extract very interesting because although the Landlord and Landlady are complying with the turn taking rules, they are both talking to imaginary customers and not each other. Therefore an elicitation from the Landlady […]

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Examine Jonson’s use in Volpone of animal imagery

Volpone whilst being a satirical comedy can be considered a beast play, as all the principle characters are people, but have animal names and display characteristics of the animals they represent. Jonson was a Renaissance dramatist and poet and was concerned with classical precedent. In Volpone, Jonson adapts a traditional beast fable that is found […]

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Medea: The Oriental Witch

For centuries, people have read Euripides play “Medea” and pondered the question, “Does Euripides want to portray Medea as a witch or as a woman? ” When the play was first written, powerful women were perceived to be dangerous or commonly thought of as witches. No women were aloud to explore knowledge or to live […]

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Chikamatsu Monezamon’s play, Sonezaki Shinjuu

Chikamatsu Monezamon is Japan’s most noted playwright, who while being a prolific writer, also pioneered kabuki theatre. The first of Chikamatsu’s shinjuu or love-suicide plays, Sonezaki Shinjuu (The Love-Suicides at Sonezaki) focuses on the love of protagonists Tokubei, a 25-year-old soy shop worker, and Ohatsu, a 19-year-old courtesan, and eventual suicides as a result of […]

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“Equus” by Peter Shaffer

To begin with, I wanted to focus my extended essay in an area of psychology in theatre. I began researching the play “Equus” by Peter Shaffer, as this was a play, looking at the role of a psychiatrist in a young English boy’s life. However, when I started researching Shaffer’s plays, I realised that, although […]

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Our Country’s Good

‘Our Country’s Good’ is based on events that occurred in the first penal colony to be set up in Australia in 1789. The play deals with the prisoners in the colony, who were imprisoned for minor infractions, while still in Britain. It tells of the abuse they endured at the hands of their officers, in […]

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An evaluation of Theatre Alibi’s production of The Freeze

Theatre Alibi’s play ‘The Freeze’ does not really focus on the weather situation, but uses pathetic fallacy to show two people experiencing the turmoil of change, while the snowy world the story is set in serves to reflect this emotional turmoil. There are only three actors in ‘The Freeze’ however each person plays more than […]

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The resistible rise of Arturo Ui

There are three key elements, which effect our understanding of the play, these are the social, cultural and historical factors. Through these we can learn how each factor relates to the play and how Brecht’s background could possible influence the ideas and feelings stressed within the play.The Play is an allegory for Hitler’s rise to […]

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How Does Shakespeare Manipulate The Audience To Dislike Malvolio

Shakespeare manipulates the audience using a variety of different techniques and tries to make the audience feel certain emotions towards characters. The play Twelfth Night is centred on love, being someone you are not and social class. The play itself is set in the land of Illyria and has two grand households; the heads of […]

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