The Young King Analysis

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Right from the moment you arrived in the venue where the young king was to be viewed, you felt a part of the performance. Called a citizen of the kingdom of the Young King, you were summoned up to the ‘King’s coronation’ in groups of 10 by a friendly servant of the Young King. Then through the passage of mysteries after being haphazardly directed by a frazzled servant of the king, we came to a hallway.
Trusted curiously with three secrets; “Examine secrets that are entrusted to you”, “Remember where you come from” and “Look to what is inside yourself”, and given a role to play in the performance, it is distinctly different from traditional theatre. This helped include the audience and create empathy and engagement. It also inspired great mystery and wonder in the audience, excited to be a part of such a thought-provoking experience. This involvement of the audience helped break the forth wall, and was a key part of helping the audience see the importance of the deep themes in this play.
Throughout the performance, the practitioners used many techniques that can be classified as Epic, or Brechtian. Probably the most axiomatic technique would be the way the performers broke the forth wall. They did this in many ways;
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This was decided upon by the actors, the playwright and the director, as this moving and changing of character is what they believe is the ‘essence of theatre’. These actors played many different roles, especially Jaqcy, who played most roles in this performance. Tim Overton played the Young King, which was the main role, but played a few smaller roles as well. The way these characters managed to play a large array of characters was with the use of body language and voice. They did not use any major changes to costume throughout, nor did they use extensive props. The use of these techniques was very smart and engaged the imagination in a range of age

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