Dancing at Lughnasa Response paper

Christina, Rose and Agnes who live In the cottage In the rural Ireland with their old brother Jack.

The whole story is told from the perspective of a seven years old boy Michael who is the son of Christina and Gerry. Gerry is a young man works as a gramophone salesman. The whole story happens during a summer before the festival Lasagnas. The play is presented at Homeless Theatre , known as the black box, which forms an intimate actor-audience relationship.Since there is no masking between audiences ND stage, audiences get the change to carefully observe every detail of the set. However, on the other hand, the edge of the stage is not very clear to the audience.

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For instance In Dancing at Lasagnas, there Is a kite that Is the gift from Kate for little Michael. The kite was lying at downstage left. As the kite was too close to the audience, It becomes very distracting especially for the audiences at the front seat. Besides, there Is no actually line that Is drawn as the edge of the stage, therefore, audiences can be confused about the Identity of the kite: whether or not the kite Is a rope.On the contrary, if this show is presented at a proscenium theatre then audiences won’t have the same confusion. The main parts of the scene is composed of a cottage, a garden outside the cottage and the hills behind the cottage. Inside the cottage there are tables , stools , boxes and a fire place.

Most parts of the scene are built by wood like the hills, furniture and the small house inside the cottage and they form the main structure of the whole set. I was mainly working on the rock wall in this show. The wall is a wood board that has carved foam rocks stick on it.Before the show begins under the normal lighting condition the wall Is In complete black which Is very UN-hell Like and visually unpleasant. However, when the different lighting effects are added on the wall, the color changed accordingly. In contrast with the light color downstage the deep color of the hills creates a distance that visually expand the stage space.

The structure of the hill is simply consist of a long board, which visually is not as real as an actual hill, nevertheless there are many advantages of using a AD hill instead of AD. First, the AD hill takes less space than a D one.As we know, theatre especially black box has limited space, especially in this play, the main story is happened in the cottage instead of the hills. Besides, in terms of the budget, a AD wall not only requires more material but also very time consuming. In terms of the sound design, I think the old radio In the set helps telling and pushing forward the story.

As the sound designer put a speaker In the fake radio, the radio becomes an actual sound source. Therefore when the performers turn on the radio the sound won’t unreasonably comes out of everywhere in the theatre and