Theatre Performance Analysis Essay
Last week, I attended a stage performance of Shakespeare’s timeless and tragic play Romeo & Juliet at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide. It was an adaptation by Geordie Brookman (also the director) and Nicki Bloom. The cast had only six performers and they were required to occasionally switch characters. The run-time was 140 minutes. The purpose of this paper is to conduct a performance analysis on the use of body and voice of individual performers and overall group work among performers. The scope is limited to salient features of the performance only which precludes any detailed analysis on individual performances. The use of body is analyzed on the basis of viewpoints of time and space proposed by Landau …show more content…
The overall group work has been analyzed on the basis of Oddey’s text on group work among actors (Oddey, 1984). As the play is supposed to be a tragic tale, the overarching theme was tragic. The lack of group work was evident in the actors’ portrayal of various roles. Due to constant changing of roles, the actors were required to “get into the skin of” the character fairly quickly. However, the actors were seen to stamp their individuality on the roles which resulted in a lack of consistency in characterization which resulted in utter confusion among the viewers. The lack of chemistry among the actors showed inexperience on part of actors of working together.
Still, there were a few positives in the overall group work. One of them was the excellent utilization of space and creation of unique shapes and edges on the stage. The actors were aware of the spotlight. The re-acting by actors (facial expressions and bodily movements when they did not have a line) was impressive and it outlined the overall theme of the sequence. For example, the supporting actors had a expressions of sorrow during the end sequence which highlights the tragic theme of the sequence.
The play had many limitations, the most prominent being the