Essay on Analysis Of ' I ' Shake & Stirs '

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Shake & stirs adaptation of Dracula followed the plot of the original novel by Bram Stoker. Throughout the performance, Michael Futcher’s directorial choices regarding the elements of drama, acting skills and the gothic style made for a mostly effective creation and portrayal of the dramatic meaning, that there is evil in everything and everyone, and we fear it. The effectiveness dramatic meaning was conveyed through the successfulness of the dramatic action.
The directorial choices by Michael Futcher in Shake & stir’s production of Dracula created powerful dramatic action and meaning to the audience, through the use of the elements of drama including mood, tension and place. Firstly, his use of spot lights positioned on Dracula when he was hanging upside down heightened the mood as it created a feeling of uncertainty of what was surrounding the main subject. Also, his choice of dark lighting created a solemn and frightening mood through the implementation of the fear of the evil in unknown. Furthermore, he creatively exploited tension of relationships to effectively portray the dramatic meaning through the utilisation of the relationships between Lucy and Jack; specifically when Lucy had been bitten by a vampire. Their interactions advanced the dramatic meaning as the audiences were confronted with the evil that had been placed in Lucy, and consequently, how Jack had to cope with it. Secondly, the relationship between Johnathon and Dracula at the commencement of the play…

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