Autumn Term – Task 2

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.


The intention lighting during Sweeney Todd is to have a horror/thriller side to it because Sweeney Todd is gory. This makes it easy that everything is dark and only have a few spotlights above the staging, so it is only the centre of the stage. It makes an effect on the audience which is the sudden thought of anything could happen at anytime because you cannot see everything properly. The purpose of the lighting is to make tension build between the characters and the audience. The lighting helps with this because it stays the same, however would most likely just change the percentage for the brightness.

Sweeney Todd had his barber shop  next door to St. Dunstan’s Church, just a few blocks away from the Royal Courts of Justice. On this site, he robbed and murdered more than 150 customers. To dispose of their remains, he carried them through underground tunnels to the bakery of one Mrs. Lovett a few blocks away, where they supplied the stuffing for her meat pies, the favorite mid-day repast of the lawyers who worked nearby and got their shaves from Sweeney Todd. 

The production was put across as a thriller because of the bright lighting at the important parts and not changing as much because then the audience wasn’t expecting anything, however many surprises came through Sweeney Todd. Also the lighting gave the effect of age because Sweeney Todd is presented in an older age. The lighting gives a warm effect making the stage seem more aged. By this i mean the lighting makes the staging looks poor by only having a few lights.




The intention of the lighting from Hamlet is to tell the tragedy story of Hamlet, who was actually related to William Shakespeare. Hamlet was William Shakespeare’s son who sadly passed away. In the picture shown above the lighting is natural lighting, this is because when it was first performed in the globe theatre, the only lighting they had been natural lighting. So during the years Hamlet has been performing for, they haven’t changed the original performance because of the strong story line. Also because the story is such a sad one, then the lighting shouldn’t be strong because the story is about death, murdering and spirits. This means the lighting should be showing the difference in the story line.

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is a play written by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother’s widow. The story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was derived from the legend of Amleth, as subsequently retold by 16th-century scholar Francois de Belleforest. Shakespeare may also have drawn on an earlier Elizabethan play known today as the Ur-Hamlet, though some scholars believe he himself wrote the Ur-Hamlet, later revising it to create the version of Hamlet we now have.

The production was conveyed in a tragedy, meaning there wasn’t much lighting because everything in the play is really depressing and very dark. So the conventions of the play are death, murder and ghosts, meaning the lighting will be dark, dull and faded which symbolises the ghosts. The light is reflecting off everything suggesting that everything that has happened reflects on it all and all sums up to one plot. By this i mean the story of Hamlet, everything that happens, all sums up to the main story. The audience can figure out the hints the cast makes, however the cats during the play doesn’t know.


The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time.


Their intention on the audience is trying to show what Christopher (the main person) mind is like. This is because Christopher is autistic, so his mind acts different to the ‘normal’ mind. Therefore throughout the play Christopher moves in squares because he is very good at maths and science because he has such a good memory. This makes an effect on the audience which is sympathy because the way the actors which symbolises objects, just throw Christopher around.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time takes place in and around the town of Swindon, England. The fifteen-year-old narrator of the story, Christopher John Francis Boone, discovers the slain body of his neighbor’s poodle, Wellington, on the neighbor’s front lawn one evening and sets out to uncover the murderer. His investigation is at times aided, and at other times hampered, by the mild form of autism he lives with. After Christopher hits a policeman in a misunderstanding at the scene of the crime, the police take Christopher into custody. They release Christopher with only a stern warning, under the condition that he promises to them and to his father not to look into the murder any further. After this Christopher disobeys his fathers wishes and try’s to find out about the murder of the dog. Down the story line Christopher goes and lives with his Mum who he hasn’t seen in years because she cheated on Christopher’s dad with a neighbour. Christopher finds out his dad killed the dog.

The production is conveyed as the audience is in Christopher’s mind because the only people who interact with him, is the people he feels comfortable with, however this play used a lot of people to act out and become an object for Christopher to overcome, instead of using props. This also allows more imagination which Christopher will use anyway. Throughout the play Christopher moves around the stage creating stars and thinks of himself as a scientist and wants to be an astronomy. When he moves around because he walks projections of the floor are projected around the rooms, so the audience can see. When he walks around it makes patterns of the stars that he remembers so in a panic moment he walks like that.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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