6. How effectively did the social, cultural, historical/political context of the piece communicate to your audience?

The date scene holds contemporary issues of cross-dressing and homosexuality. The Italian waiter has an element of cultural context, and this is emphasised by his scolding line 'You cook like the French!' to a chef backstage.

-Lesbians -Jackie/Shirley, gay men -builder/traffic warden

Our performance will be in school and a lot of our audience will probably be teenagers, and parents. We needed to take this into account when making certain decisions about our theatre piece, for example, choosing the type of comedy we wanted to use and how we would play the characters. We decided that since we all enjoy comedy that makes use of archetypes and inuendos most, it would likely be very funny for the teenagers in the audience too. We tried to choose characters that are easily recognisable archetypes, such as the potential idea of a posh boy and a chavvy, working class boy from Tooting. Most of our characters are based on stereotypes that will be familiar to the audience too, and knowing this meant that we were able to play up to expectations we would assume the audience have when recognising the archetypes. So, we could be really over the top with character traits to really exaggerate how stereotypical the characters are and it is then funnier.

1 comment:

  1. ok this needs some details!
    remember that the play will be performed in a school and that the audience age range will relfect this so how will the piece be funny for them?