The Woman in Black

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Unit 2 response to a live performance – The Woman in Black

On Thursday the 28th February we went to see a production of The Woman in Black at York Theatre Royal. The Woman in Black is a thriller, which was taken from the novel by Susan Hill. It was about a solicitor who is sent to look at the legal documents of an old lady who has recently died in a large house. When the man checks the documents he is locked in and haunted by the spectral "woman in black" and slowly uncovers the horrific secrets that lie within the house. Set and Props

In the theatre play there were many props used and some of them were used as many things for example the wicker basket in act 1 was consistently used as a pony and trap and then soon became a train, after this it turned into a trunk with loads of papers in it. In act 2 the basket was used as a desk, a table and a bed, also was used as the pony and trap again. These are using mime to make the things they turned the basket into more believable and more interesting and this also triggered our imagination to think what those things are. Some other props used were 2 chairs, 1 stool and a walking stick. Using the wicker basket at loads of different times in the play makes us as the audience want to watch on because you never know what it is going to be next and it is more exciting, also it makes it easier for the actors to move it during their performance. During act 2 the door turned into a prop, as they started using it. It turned into a prop when the man acting out Arthur kipps was shining the torch light on the door and walking towards it, the door flung open, this was to create a more nervy, scary atmosphere and by doing this I think it was leaving questions in the audience whether it was the women in black or not. At the beginning the set was mucky. There were many old features suggesting that no one has visited that house in years and this could show what houses in that era would have been like. Even though the set was basic,...
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