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Focus question for Tuesdays
1. The action of AMND is essentially concluded at the end of Act 4. What Purposes does the
play- within- a- play serve? How does it relate tot he main themes and experiences of AMND?
2. What are some of the connections between AMND and sonnet 116?
Actors - groups before S, traveling. Performing in yards, banquet chambers. In yard - stage at
the centre. Everyone can watch the play, demand creates an audience of both rich and not so
rich. 1576 James Burbadge - real estate speculator, good investor, build the theater (make
Located at suburb, due to authorities. Playhouse are haven for disreputable people. Sport that
appeal to all classes (wealthy viewer)- Bear beating - hungry dogs. Owner of the theatre can
make money from two sources - bear beating and plays. A combinated experience- physical
actions and intellectual entertainment (a blend).
Portable theaters - couldntay the high rent so dismental the theater and move to new
property, little dependent on physical structure. There is no elaborate sets, or lighting. Plays
takes plays in the minds of the audience.
Hierarchy order - in theatre company. 1. Top- fellows / sharers - 6 people, hold stock and
investment. Plays are tailor made for the theatre company. 2. Minor actors - hired, paid
weekly,15 -20men, ticket taker, minor role. 3. Boy actors - age 8-14, trained, choir schools,
voices haven't change, play women, children and old people, 6-7 boys, only 2 -3 boys can
play women roles well, thus, little women role in S plays.
Doubling - mostly hired men, no simultaneous acting as it is too confusing. S thought about
the acting capability.
Introduce a new play in 2 weeks. 150 performances, 30 different plays, 15 of them are new
Theatre - rectangle state surrounded by round (the ring) spectator. It is wider than it is deep.
Spectators - sit down or stand up. The audience are surrounding the stage in very close
proximity. Intimacy and economical. Receptivity - effects are possible. Got oral and visual
patterns - patterns of sound.
Fluidity - thousand feet of platform, stage dual scene and dance series. Large stage -
symbolic effect e.g. Hamlet- show alienation.
Speed - no curtain, attention will be drawn, build up tension.
Freedom of focus - stress the location in the speech instead.
Total theatre - collective response, elizabethian theater.
MSND - p.854 Act 1 Scene 2 and 3 transition
AMND- order of hierarchy
ending + all pair up, harmony and symmetry, affirmation of order.
- Puck enter at the ending and oberon
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