Do not ramble!

This is not a research paper nor an opinion paper.
Use what you already know about the sport.
Use what you learn in this class – I will give you lots of potential things to discuss.
Papers should be double spaced, with 1” margins and use Times New Roman 12-point font.
Be sure to check your spelling and grammar.
Remember to include specific examples. Be detailed, but concise. Do not ramble!
Organizing your paper can become challenginbcig. Here are some tips for organizing your paper.

Film Essay

Part 1: View a feature film made between 1940 – 1970 you have not seen before (or will see later in this class) by a great director. Many directors were active both before and after 1970 so make sure you see a pre-1970 FEATURE fiction film.
Suggestion: American directors such as Frank Capra, George Cukor, John Ford, George Stevens, Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder, or William Wyler. Foreign directors such as Ingmar Bergman (Swedish), Luis Buñuel (Spanish), Claude Chabrol (French), Federico Fellini (Italian), Akira Kurosawa (Japanese), Lina Wertmuller (German) or the British team known as “The Archers” made up of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. For other possibilities, try: Comment on the specific film you saw in terms of its genre and the quality of the film itself. Pay attention to the camerawork (cinematography) the editing (montage) and the sound (including music). What did you like and what did you dislike? Why do you like the things you like, and why do you dislike the things you dislike? Finally, is the film successful in creating a work of fiction using the craft of filmmaking and considering when it was made? (Note: This is not the same question as whether or not you liked it. It is entirely possible to like a film that you are aware is not very good.)
Part 2: Draw some general conclusions about the work of the director and one of the main actors or actresses. For example let us say you watched the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. Did you like David Lean as a filmmaker? Explain your answer. Did you like Peter O’Toole in the role of Larwrence? Why, or why not?
End with your overall impression of the film, including how you see it as an example of the its genre and time period.
Part 3: On a separate page, insert the heading “My Criteria for Quality in Film.” Under that heading, propose four general statements indicative of your personal taste in movies. These statements should be numbered (1) through (4), and they should be written as complete sentences or a short paragraph. For example, if you commented in your essay that you liked the acting because it was realistic and you liked the scriipt because it had a happy ending, you could propose these two statements as criteria for quality: “(1) Excellent movies feature realistic acting. (2) A movie is more likely to be good if it ends happily.” Think about and then explain what words such as good, excellent, and effective actually mean.

Play Analysis/ Ball method in Death and the King’s Horseman play

1.First you have to read Backwards and Forwards by Ball.
2. Read the play Death and the King’s Horseman by Soyinka. I have attaching both readings.
3. Using Ball’s method in Backwards and Forwards, please describe the “triggers” and “heaps” that make up the central action of Death and the King’s Horseman. Make sure your chain is equally precise backwards as well as forwards. Format this analysis however you like, but it should be
Clear to read
Require no further explanation that isn’t on the page.
No word count.
Note: this will be graded complete/incomplete based on whether I feel you’ve met the terms of the assignment. And trust me, it’ll be useful for our discussion in class.
*I am sending examples of Trigger and heaps but from another play (Antigone) so you have an idea how the assignment is done. But for the best development of this is to read the method Backwards and Forwards (Ball) as the professor has ordered.

How To Write a Theatre Review Theatre reviewing will help you develop your under

How To Write a Theatre Review
Theatre reviewing will help you develop your understanding of drama and the theatre. Review writing will help you be more responsive to what you see and more comprehensive and exact in your account of it.
Different kinds of plays and productions will be reviewed differently. You need to respond to the particular experience provoked by a performance.
Some questions before you attend the show.
1. What is the play called?
2. Who is the director?
3. Who is the designer?
4. Who wrote it?
What kind of play is it, and what is it about?
A brief summary of the main action is a good way to start before talking about the main themes of the play and the issues it confronts.
What is the style of performance?
Is the play typical of one particular genre? Is it a comedy, a tragedy, absurd, naturalistic or postmodern?
Explain how this is portrayed in the performance, (ie techniques).
Is the play based on a novel?
Discuss whether the script was faithful to the original text?
Was the script written by the author of the original text or by someone else?
Is the play also a film?
How does the screenplay compare to the stage production? What differences are there in the action?
What worked better on the stage, or in the film?
Who are the main actors, the supporting actors?
What are the main characters of the play?
Do you think the actors understand the work?
How convincing did the actors seem in their portrayal of their characters?
What is their relationship with the other characters on stage and how well do they work together?
How well did they use their voice, movement or gestures to express their character?
Is there someone that stands out? Describe why.
How good is it?
Distinguish here between the text and the performance.
What effect does it have on you? Positive, negative, indifferent or some combination of these.
What’s missing, what’s worth seeing, what it is you value the most from the production?
Here are some words to help you explain the performance;
Compelling, difficult, complex, simple, overwhelming, aesthetically appealing, vague, dry, humorous, inviting, stale, logical, warm, frightening, abstract, dark, invigorating, mechanical, predictable, sophisticated, grotesque, energetic, enjoyable or abrasive.
If you read the script before you attend the performance, analyse the performance against the written text.
Does the performance realise its potential?
Do the actors fit the description of the characters you had in mind?
Describe aspects of the performance in detail.
Back up your judgement with evidence from the performance.
Topics to include are; direction, imagery, grouping, pace and timing, atmosphere or mood.
What is the nature of the theatre experience?
Your response to the play, but also notice how other audience members respond and the atmosphere of the evening.
Technical aspects
Ask yourself about the blocking, lighting, stage design, and costumes and how they influence the outcome of the play. Keep in mind that the lights, sound, costumes, etc. are there to enhance the performance, not to be the main focus. Try to use theatre terminology to define the technical aspects of the show.
Is the script complicated or complimented with the use of special effects, flashbacks, recurring image motifs, lights, staging, or other visual elements?
Are the lights indicative of the time of day or the season? Was special lighting used at any time for a particular effect?
Does the sound accent the style and format of the play?
Did this enhance or detract from the performance?
If they are using microphones, look for the quality of sound coming from them?
How did lighting and sound establish location and create atmosphere?
Costume Design
Do the costumes portray the time period and part of each character’s personality. How did the choice of colours and designs suit the overall look of the performance?
Set Design
Was the set an effective use of space? Did it enhance the performance? Was it easy for the actors to manoeuvre around?
If there were any difficult technical elements discuss how they worked.
How did the design elements compliment the directorial concept?
This should include the name of the play, the playwright, where the performance was including the date.
Try to give a brief description of the story.
Outline the important themes and issues of the play. You should also discuss the director’s interpretation of the play and how the style and form of the play communicates the play’s themes.
Describe and analyse the characters. (Often the main two) Talk about the character’s motivation or objectives.
Choose two performers and evaluate their performance.
Discuss how effective you think the use of sound, lighting, set and costume were in the performance.

What assumptions did you have about the theatre before completing this course?

What assumptions did you have about the theatre before completing this course? Did your assumptions prove true? If not, how did your perceptions change, and what key elements could you point to which molded your new way of thinking? How do you view the theatre now? This is an opportunity for self-reflection–which is an important component of your educational process–so share these reflections with your cohort.

1. Watch the film “Chiraq (2015)” 2. Read the play “Aristophanes’ Lysistrata” —

1. Watch the film “Chiraq (2015)”
2. Read the play “Aristophanes’ Lysistrata” –attached in files.
3. Read through Morreall’s “Characteristics of Tragedy and Comedy” –attached in files.
Pick 3-4 characteristics from Morreall’s list for both the above play and the film. Support each with an example from the play and film. Be specific with your supporting evidence and include scenes, dialogue, or moments from each.
For example:
“One of Morreall’s statements is that “Comic heroes and plots tend to see the unexpected and surprising as an opportunity rather than a norm-violation.” The character of Lysistrata in Aristophanes’ play fulfills this function in that she makes a bold decision, one that women at that time would never do and that is to stand up to those in power and defy the normal roles that women have in Athenian society. She leaves her home and inspires other women to stage a sex strike and take over the treasury….”
A conclusion should include how your analysis helps readers understand how comedy is employed and ultimately how successful the play and film are in the message each conveys.
Note: No external sources needed. Only discuss the play and the film on 3-4 characteristics from Morreall’s list and give conclusion at the end. Also no need for introduction either.
Thank you.