On the 28th April 2011, I went to see a professional production of To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee at the 'Blackpool Grand Theatre'. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is set in 1935 in Alabama, a story about innocence, knowledge, prejudice and courage. In the beginning the main character, Scout, starts out to be a very immature child not knowing the prejudice times around her, as the story goes on she gains knowledge of these times by fellow kids around her accusing her dad of being a "nigger lover" which then was an insult. Her father was being courageous of a black man being falsely accused of raping a white girl. Her father, Atticus, is a criminal defence attorney only doing his job and not discriminating against this man. The line in the book "Shoot, all the bluejays you want, but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird" is referring to the black man in the story, Tom. He symbolises a mockingbird because all mockingbirds do is sing for our enjoyment and stay out of harms way, so if you kill them its a sin. He is the mockingbird in the story and all he does is keep to himself and is falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit; and in the end is eventually found guilty by a bias jury and is shot trying to escape from prison.
In this evaluation I am going to be looking at certain aspects of the performance we watched, for example;
Direction - The interpretation of the novel, techniques, and overall effectiveness of the play.
Design - The effectiveness of the set, and use of space and the combination of set and lighting.
Acting - The interpretation of their characters, and how believable their performance was.
I will provide a detailed analysis of the play, and come to an overall conclusion of the play, and my personal views.
A very important factor in a good production, is the well employed use of design. Set design, stage design, props, and decorations etc. This production was... [continues]
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