Production Notes of War Horse GCSE Drama

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Lizzie Pilcher DRAMA GCSE STUDY OF A LIVE PERFORMANCE
Name: Lizzie Pilcher
Title of play: The History Boys
Playwright: Allan Bennet
Theatre Company: Hand Spring Puppet company
Venue: Norwich Theatre Royal
Date of Performance: 26/05/10
Acting Notes: You should review at least two actors, so that you can quote from
contrasting performances. You will obviously need to photocopy the acting sheets for each
actor reviewed.
Role played: MRS DOROTHY LINTOTT
Write a brief account of what the character did in the play:
Worked at Cutlers Grammar school Sheffield, as the history teacher
Indentify key moments in which the actor What were the character's main relationships
played an important part in the story or in the performance and how did the actor
action of the play: show them?
Showed Loyalty to the other
teachers as well as the pupils and
the headmaster
Vocal performance techniques used:
Which Techniques? When/ How?
People made horse noises and movement
The noises made were done by the puppeteers e.g. whinnying, coughing, and
breathing.
Physical/movement techniques used by the actor:
Which techniques? When/ How?
Foal
Three puppeteers; one head, one heart, one hind
Standing the side
Grown- horse/ Cross hunter
Made out of fabric and wood
Three puppeteers; one head, one heart, one hind. Two of which stood
underneath and one on the side controlling head with stick.
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Goose ­ Comedy; Wheelbarrow type structure; controlled by one person
Crows - Pecking and bodies in no man's land; two strings operated the wings and another
to control the beak and head.
Tank ­ Four people standing underneath; mainly portrayed by light and sound
Swallows ­ Large poles allowed fluid movement
Horses in War; No back legs; to symbolise differences between loved and cared for and
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Albert receiving the book and
letter
Joining army / search for horse at
Christmas
Cousin is killed
Tear gas scene
Albert and Joey Re-united at
hospital
Albert and Joey return home at
the end of the war.
Vocal performance techniques used:
Country Accent ­ DEVON (slight lack of coaching. Accents differed)
Which Techniques? When/ How?
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Technical Notes:
Draw a front view of the stage. Draw a ground plan or overhead view of the
stage. Show entrances exits, important
pieces of scenery, different levels; and the
position of the audience.
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Communication of location through the set:
Lighting
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What sound effects were used? How did the sound contribute to the
Choir singing; helping the story creation of mood and atmosphere?
flow Emotive music gave the audience
Solo singer; helping the story flow the sympathy feeling for Joey.
Gun shots
Tanks ­ represent old and new
strength and how old things can still
be as effective as new ones.
Machine Gun
Boats
Horse whinnying
Bird sounds; welcoming and
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Full-up stage lights
Strobe lighting
How well were the actors lit?
Well, never blacked out
During dramatic/ emotive scenes; dimmer/brighter/whiter/ ghostly
During war/ comfortable scenes; yellow/ dimmer/ warmer
Use of colour in the lighting:
Home
Warm/ yellow light
War
Bright/ cold light
How did the lighting contribute to the creation of mood and atmosphere?
Greatly
Some lighting very emotive i.e. soldiers dies one by one- ghostly, white
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Rose Narracott ­ Mother of Albert and Wife to Ted. Strong characters who sticks
by her husband no matter what! Has a good sense of humour... Has a good
relationship with her son Albert.
Arthur Narracott ­ Uncle of Albert; fought in the Crimean war; gave Billy his father's
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Sergeant Fine
Captain Stewart
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