Eexplorative strategy

Another explorative strategy I saw being used was physical theatre, for when Mr Kipps was going to sleep at Eel Marsh house, and used a huge basket as a bed. The actor (Mr Kipps) also made it obvious it was meant to be a bed by throwing a blanket over himself. Physical theatre is when the story is told through physical terms. The effect it had on the performance, was that it focused the actors energy which would of helped him to respond to ideas, and would have made the play look more effective, for normal objects are being put to use in an effective way. This would have made the audience more interested, for they would not be able to look at a normal object in the same way.

When Mr Kipps went to sleep at Eel Marsh house, the lighting had a black out, to represent that it was night. The black out of the lighting would of made the audience feel frightened, for most scary situations and monsters come out in the dark, and the audience would not be able to see what was going on. They would also feel frightened, because Fortune theatre is said to be haunted with sightings of the woman in black. The woman in black in the play wears a dark, black cape, so the audience would not be able to tell if she was there or not. The blackout of the lighting also gives the play a really scary, spooky feel which makes the audience easily frightened. It also gives the sense of how Mr Kipps felt when he knew he had an unknown presence with him.

In my performance, a scene that relates to this is at the beginning, when Sarah is lying down on the stageblock, which we used as a bed. Sarah took on the role of Mr Kipps nightmares about the woman in black, and how Stella and his son would be the next victims. Me, Adelade and Emily circled round her, speaking in creepy voices to create tension in the audience. We also used physical theatre to be a wall, to represent Mr Kipps being trapped in a small room, with his emotions trapped inside him forever. As Sarah sat up, we all ducked down, and turned slowly forward, and then back again. This was meant to create tension in the audience, for it was meant to give a connection with the audience and show that we could show his families fait.

The next explorative strategy I saw being used was narration. Narration was used throught out the whole play, and the story was narrated by another actor who also played Keckwick too. This technique deepened the audiences and narrators understanding of a certain characters role, and helps them to understand the play as a whole. I also noticed the narrator informing us on what was happening between each scene, speaking over the action happening and about certain situations that were happening.

Narration also helped the audience understand why the woman in black and Mrs Drablow were closely linked to each other, and why Mrs Drablow is one of the reasons that the woman in black never got a proper connection with her son. This relates to later on in the play when Mr Kipps wife and son are killed on the pony and trap, and how Mr Kipps has lost the connection with his child. Mr Kipps finally understands how the woman in black would have felt when her son died.

A scene that relates to the connection between Mr Kipps and the woman in Black is the grave yard scene. There is light Blue lighting which represents the fog to show Mr Kipps is in the marshes. The Blue light makes the scene look eery and represents the presence of the woman of black, for the marshes is where her son died. This would make the audience nervous about him entering the marshes, for they would be expecting the woman in black to be around there somewhere.

When Mr Kipps enters the graveyard, there are lots of tall objects covered in white blankets to represent the gravestones. This would create tension in the audience, for they would expect some sort of a spiritual presence to appear. When the woman in black appears in the graveyard, she has a pale and wasted face, wearing a long, black cape. This represents the spiritual world and the graveyard. When Mr Kipps runs after her, she walks away with a quick pace. This shows that the woman in black feels isolated, and feels like she was isolated from her family just so she could not see her son. It also shows that the graveyard is the only place she feels she can have a connection with her son properly without being pulled away.

In my performance, Sarah narrated quite alot. An important she narrated was when I took on the role of Stella. I used a black scarf, and rolled it up to the shape of a baby. I stepped up on the stageblock, and sat on one of the chairs which represented the pony and trap. I rocked myself from side to side to represent moving. This would create alot of suspense in the audience, for they would relate me and the baby on the pony and trap to Nathaniel who died on the pony and trap.

They would know that I was going to die, and were waiting for it to happen. Emily stood up behind me, representing the woman in black, grabbed my shoulders and started shaking me about, and when she screamed, I dropped the scarf to show the death. The scream could of also represented Stellas screams when her baby died, and how terrified she was. The thought tracking here was effective, because it marked the moment of when the woman in black appeared, and why she causes a childs death. It also shows that Mr Kipps son died, for he saw the woman in black a number of times.

Marking the moment was also used in the play. This was shown mostly when Mr Kipps (the actor) was pretending to be at Eel Marsh house, and the door to the nursery room was locked. The audience could hear the woman in black on the rocking chair coming from the other side of the door, which made a knocking noise on the floor. This happens in the night and wakes Mr Kipps up, who goes looking round the house for this strange noise. This kept the audience on the edge of their seats, for they wanted to know what the noise was aswell. It also would of created suspense.

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