by Bertolt Brecht
The name of the play that I am going to discuss is “ThreePenny Opera”, by Brecht. IIt is an epic play set in old London where begging is one way of earning money controlled by a corrupt boss who get a lion share of the beggars earnings. I thought at first that the play will be a uninteresting due to simplicity of the settings and costumes but proved to be a wonderful play in the end. Bertolt Brecht is a German playwright .His plays are often based in reality and reflect today’s society and always with an open ending for the audience to think for themselves what they are going to do if they are in a character’s position.
They used their voices to change their tone in other to suit different type of character. Their voices had been used appropriately in different situations. They used their facial expressions, body language, props and their voices changed when a different character changes. You can clearly tell that this kind of character is played because they changed the tone and texture of their voices by impersonating them. In order for the audience to engage in the story the actors used their voices appropriately in a variety of situations, such as narrating a story or giving a character a distinctive accent, changing voice tones depending on the character, like when Mr. Peachum talks about money he uses a sly tone which emphasises his greediness and the importance of money. Polly, use of voice a shrilled voice which created a stereotype of the character of being spoiled brat. Accents were used for example to impersonate a drunk women who used a slurred speech to show that she was drunk.
Other actor portrayed three characters by using and changing her tone of voice example- a voice of a prostitute by using a sing song accent, a voice of a spoiled child and a beggar by lowering the voice ,it is effective because it meant the audience could identify the shift of character...