Acting. Betty = Screaming, hysterical, rebelling against the
society around her. Moving as if possesed by something.
Introduces the htme of Supernatural. Abiagil = Although she
does appear hysterical she is seen her as controlled,
manupulating the situation. Has a controlling /commanding
tone. She appears to be controlling Betty. Paris = Nervous as he
clutches a bible. Shown through voice and movement. He
appears nervous and scared about his reputation and what
'Betty' could bring. He is quickly pacing along with fast speech.
He also has a demanding tone to his voice.
Costume. Betty = White dress. Mud on dress showing how she
has meddeled with something dangeruos. Ruining her
innocence. Shows she was more involoved than just being a
observer of the dancing. Abiagil = Headscarf is removed,
shows wildness. Her dress is unkept and messy, suggesting
her involvement. No headscarf shows the rebellion against
the restrction of soceity, traditions. Makes the audince
question her beliefs, scared of being discovered of her act.
Staging. Only one bed. standing alone isolated,
focuses the audince's attention on Betty. Metel bars
show improsonment and isolation. Stairs in the
center indicate audince of being upstairs. Paris, sat
near, at a table and chair - this reflects the power and
control over the village and Betty.
Lighting. White, spotlight from above
creating an unnatural atmosphere, placed on
the bed isolating the audiences attention on
the bed and Betty. Introducing the establishing
themes of supernatural and witchcraft.
Acting. Girls = Movement reflecting fear, limited use of staging.
Facial expressons and shreaking also suggest fear as Betty lays
silent. The accent is English working class, country accent. Helps
the audince relate. Abiagil = Voice is strong and loud with
threating tones. Her movement is dominant through conrolling
gestures. Facial expression is threatening to the girls.
Costume. Betty still in muddy white dress. Abiagil
has a darker headscarf whoch represents the
difference in the community. Girls all wear
headscarfs out of respect of the relgious and social
Staging. Bed was pulled on by Tituba, showing
manual labour and the status of people. Use of
staircase, audience upstairs.
Lighting. Dim lighting to enhance the power
over the girls Abigail holds. A flanel lighting
gives a pull of red over Betty and the Girls
creating a sencse of danger, prehaps of
what is yet to come to them all.
John & Abigail
Costume. John = In working clothes
which give the impression of strength
and masculinity, strong. Muddy boots.
All in black which connotates death.
Abigail = Removes headscarf, this gives
the audience a clue that they have an
intent relationship as she has removed
it in his presence - undressing herself.
Acting. John = Johns movement is very strong and violent.
Rejection reflects their relationship being purly visicle.
John's voice shows authority through the use of tone and
volume. He also shows rejection as he had no love for her.
Abiagil = Abigail's voice is soft and seductive tone. When she
is rejected she starts shouting, reflects childness and shock
that she hasne't got what she wanted. Abigail's movement is
almost violent in desperation, animal like again shwoing
the possenion. Timeless movement modern influence,
wouldn't happen in these days. Gives the audience the
impression their relationship is purely made of lies.
Staging. They changed use of staging to reflect
and enhance their relationship (Running behind
bed) Through the use of the chairs around which
could connotate the judgement of justice they
climb, stand and sit on them whilst moving them,
as if they are trying to avoid the judgement of
Lighting. Same as
Directional. Very violent
and animal-like, no
boundarys. Showing Abigail
at her most vulnerable.
John & Elizabeth
Direction. We see the contrast from the
physical and confident to weak and low.
Shows contrast in charcters. Difference
with Abigail than Elizabeth. Elizabeth is
distant but he loves her truley. Elizabeth
is cold and bitter creating a barrier -
unforgiving. Images of Elizabeth plants
a lead of doubt in audince linking her to
Lighting. Scene starts
with Elizabeth in an
isolated flanel light,
giving a white pool of
light. Reflecting her
lonliness from John.
Staging. Staging reflects that of a
dosmetic hard working farming house.
There was limited furnature, all was hard
looking, reflecting the lack of warmth,
homeleness/comfort. Big table (Long)
showed the distance in their relationship.
Costume. Elizabeth = neat, tidy, clean, her headress is on.
Exactly what you would expect from a house wife. Her
headress remains off untill Hail enters, shows she has self
respect. John = hardworking farmer, big boots on and a linin
cloth top. He washeshimself, which could be himself washing
of his sins after visiting Betty & Abiagil. Hale = Formal, clear
higher status. Hat gave him this and formality. Style of garnets
- not woking class.
Acting. Elizabeth = Physically working (Bread) painful to watch her
move. Many uncomfortble moments between her and John. Busy
and effecient. An air of sadness and remote about her. Voice is
factual, harsh tone no warmth. Sit's in judgement. Cold throughout
scene. Connservative. John = Watches her, tries warmth but there is
nothing there. Builds anger throughout scene, as Elizabeth goes on
at him. He bursts physically and vocally. Tried pleasing her and
tried tenderness but nothing is working. There is a clear vois
between the two charcters relationship. Hale = Caring, confident.
Authroity about questions, caring in mannerisims. Tone is of
authority. Physically his facical expression ebgins to show stress.
Slow deterioration of Hale at the very beginning.
Sound. A single
her life is on the line.
May be her final
Abiagil in Court w/ Mary (Hysteric)
Acting. Abigail = Shows real fear here in her facial
expression. She cannot control Elizabeth. She has tears in
her eyes, out of fear that she may be found out. Also of
what is due to happen and the fact that her image has
now been questioned and her position is now in jeopardy.
Girls = Are violent in their movement, animalistic, they
wriggle about on the ground and engulf the whole of the
acting space, reflecting their power that consumes Mary.
They cower behind chairs like a pack of wolves, huddling
for strength and security in their lies. Gestures towards a
bird (Mary), which indicates a conflicting personality.
Procter = Reflects his anger vocally he is shouting showing
his rage and power. He is central to the action and is
controlled yet physically outraged by the situation, again
dangerous animalistic movement. Loosing power
against the girls. Big movements when
distressed. Losses control as the status minimuses.
Costume. Abiagil has the lighter headscarf
which shows authroity as she wishes to stand
out. The headscarf removal resembals their
disregard for society and their desperation to
inact their possension. Brings an element of
sexuality. Smart/formal in court, shows they
have staus anuthority over people.
Directional. We are made to feel that Abigail
has the power and is total control until John is
pushed to remove that power by admitting in
his guilt. we then see Abigail at her weakest
Lighting. No where to hide
underjudgement of court. Girls
entered through back white lighting
silhouetting the power. Given the
impression of doince and power as a
Staging. Chairs representing the jury
as they fall doubt is brought into court
reflecting in chairs falling over. Judge
Hathorn stood on a chair to show
status and authority
John & Elizabeth in Jail
Staging. The chairs were
swept away to the bottom
of the tower, they are piled
up and broken to signify
the miscarriage of justice
that has happened.
Directional. Here we see Procter go
from a broken man pushed to
humiliation, to a man with dignity. His
wife has changed from an isolated
lonely women to a loving wife
(CONTRAST TO BEGINNING)
Lighting. The main focus of lighting is
the central entrance and exit that has
a really powerful white light that
Elizabeth enters and Procter is taken
out to die. Reflecting the passage of
Acting. John = vocally he has no attack at the beginning of the scene however
as the scene goes on and he is pushed he regains power and begins to shout
and use strong gestures. His head is bowed in shame. His movement is low
and shows us he is pain. He is upset and this is reflected facially, when he
sees Elizabeth but regains his composure towards his death as this aceptance
has given him absolution. His physical relationship comes back as they kiss
passionately before he goes. They are intimate in their holding of each other.
He has a dignity in his final walk, showing composure. Elizabeth = movement
is slow reflecting her incarnation. She physically goes to Procter and they are
intimate reflecting her coldness has gone. Her physical control is gone she is
only showing love and compassion for Procter. Her voice is weak and warmer
not so cold or judgemental. Hale = Is a broken man. He is shaking, reasoning
with John. He has no authority, integrity is broken.
Costume. Procter = He is disheveled and his clohes re ripped and torn. He no longer
has a sturdy clothing he is in rags that are ripped reflecting the sspirt being broken.
BROKEN MAN. He has also been tortchered as his fingernails have been pulled and
wax lays upon his hair. Old fashioned ways of getting people to admit guilityness of
meddiling with the devil/witchcraft. Which conveys the theme of Intolerance.
Elizabeth = Unlike before she is dihealved, dirty. She no longer strapped up as it is
obvious she is pregnant. Her clothes are ripped and her headress is flimsy not stricly
bound. Hale = No longer is he composed his clothes are disheaved and dirty , he is in
rags, atters. He has a white cloth wrapped around his right hand as he has signed
away death sentances of the innocent. It resembals his innocence towards the
people who have been commited to death as it was out of his control.
Key Facts of Importance
INTRODUCTION: A play of which I have studied is 'The Crucible' by Arthur
Miller. It was performed by the Old Vic Theatre company and directed by Yael
Farber. I will be writing about (Link to Question.)
CONTRAST POINTS OR MAIN CLIMAX (examples): John & Elizabeth contrasts with
them in Jail (Their relationship, clothing, staging and lighting)John & Abigail
contrasts with Abigail in court (Character relationships, staging, clothing) MAIN
CLIMAX is John & Elizabeth in Jail
Remember elements asked for using key scenes & contrasts. LINK BACK TO QUESTION
Conclude your point in a final conlusion: Over all the use of (QUESTION) has helped
develop dramatic tension and the understanding of the play, making it enjoyable
for the audence.
How did it affected the audience?
Build a plan before you start
Out of 20, at least 10/15 paragraphs of