Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

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We have chosen a scene from Twelfth Night, Act 2 Scene 3, where Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek are sitting at night drinking as Feste, the fool, enters. It is not a turning point in the play and does not contain much value context wise; however, it was a great opportunity for both high and low humor. The scene concentrates a lot of the personality of the characters and the process of making this performance gave me the ability to understand these characters in more depth and thereby see the play at a wider angle.

Even though it was a rather short abstract, we were able to combine many musical and action elements together.Because there was little action and Shakespeare never gives many stage directions, it was very important to concentrate on the language and look at the meaning of the words and combine them with the character’s personalities. It took us lots of time to decide upon the use of stage and the placement of actors. The scene itself is very flexible, mostly because the characters are drunk, and therefore we had the possibility to choose to have as much or as little movement as we felt was needed. The decision was made to place the main action in the center stage and have a very plain setting by using only two chairs.

In the beginning a table was also a part of the set; however, during the process we realized that it had no actual purpose and only took up the useful space, t

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herefore the setting was simplified and gave me more freedom to move. I was playing the Feste and had to move around lots, therefore blocking had to be done very carefully. It was important for me to separate myself from the other two characters not only intellectually, but also through my actions and position on stage, and I found it a little difficult not to upstage myself or the other characters.However, as I walk upstage and sang directly to the audience, I was able to find a correct spot, where I did not block the other two actors. Unfortunately, at the end of the scene when Toby and Andrew stood up and I set down, I ended up upstaging the two actors a blocking myself because the actor who’s spot I took did not move out far enough. I set down in order to bring different levels into the last part of the scene; however, I realize that I should have not done it in that situation.

The scrip was not edited and the scene started when Feste enters and ended at the end of their conversation as one more character is about to enter. It was also a group decision not to use any costumes, since there was already lots going on and we did not feel that the costumes would bring something to the performance. In the beginning, however, we did consider to let the fool wear a hat or a scarf to distinguish himself form the other two characters, yet found that it was not needed when the performance was put together.Sinc

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the scene is very melodic and Feste actually sings a song, the actor who played Andrew played a guitar while I was reciting the song lyrics. This was a great solution because I found it very difficult having to sing and realized that it worked even better just by saying it as a poem.

The music form the guitar, also added lots to the mood and the atmosphere and made it much more realistic. There were two difficulties which we had to solve. The first one considered the fact that I, playing the fool, had to sing.First of all it was something difficult for me personally because I do not have any musical background and second of all it was very had to choose the correct pace and rhythm since it is not indicated in the script.

We solved this problem by adding a guitar and while I had to sing, another character was playing a guitar, which worked very effectively and added correct atmosphere. This gave me the possibility to be more flexible with the singing and also recite the lyrics as a poem. The rhyme scheme of the lyrics was A, A, B, C, C, B and the guitar gave me some guide lines and also prevented it from being monotone.The second difficulty was in the diction of the other two characters. They were playing drunk and therefore it was very important for us to find a balance between a drunken voice and one that is difficult to understand. However, I think that at the end the diction and projection was good and easy for the audience to understand.

Another very important aspect, particularly in this scene were the puns and the word play of the fool. In order for them to sound realistic it was very important to understand every single one, and be able to laugh at it naturally at the correct spots.However, as everything was memorized and the scene practiced the jokes did start to make scenes and the intonations were coming naturally, and one does have to say that they are not only very intellectual, but also time framed. From some of the last year performances I realized that it is very important and helpful to also take a scene apart and see if there are any good scene pictures. One can do it by taking pictures, but also by freezing the actors and taking a place of the audience. With this technique it is easy to see which blockings, movements and stage decisions work well and which do not.

As we saw the performance eon tape, I saw some very good stage pictures, spatially in the beginning when the Fool is standing behind Sir Toby and Sir Andrew and moves around form one side to the other, while have a conversation. Even though the three characters were talking in prose, apart form the song, there sentences still contained lots of rhythm, spatially what fool says, “I did impeticos thy gratillity, for Malvolio’s nose in no whipstock” (II, iii, 27-28) and therefore we looked at the sounds of the works and at their purpose very

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