Dramatic techniques

The next dramatic technique I am going to look at is the dialogue and its sub-textual meanings. The first part of the play contains some dialogue that creates tension for example when Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice are waiting for Marco and Rodolfo to arrive they have a conversation about ” Oh Jesus no. I wouldn’t do nothing about that, I mean-” This is ironic because Eddie is disgusted by the thought of him betraying his own family but Eddie will betray his family later on in the play.

Some other parts release tension after a tense moment. For example Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice were having a conversation about Spiders “Just be sure there’s no spiders in it will ya? ” Millar has put this dialogue in deliberately to release tension after the tense moment of the waiting for the cousins. In the dialogue between Eddie, Marco and Rodolfo. Eddie is very provocative.

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Another dramatic technique I am going to analyse is the way the props and lighting are used in the play. There is a telephone booth and Alfieri’s desk. These will build tension later on in the play ecspcially the telephone booth. ” there is also a telephone booth… ” As this is a stage prop it will be used later on in the play in act two but it will build tension throughout the first act and the first part of the second act.

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