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Woyzeck Prezi

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The root
Growing up
Lighting and Sound
To be continued...
The themes
Unfinished.
Woyzeck is the essence of the play, and I want to show that the themes are universal and the concept itself, in contemporary society.

In a way, the issues raised in Woyzeck are young.
My Woyzeck Interpretation
Lets not pretend...
ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME /_\
The problem grows
The setting live theater
"A working class tragedy"
Animals and dehuminisation

The Human condition

Politics and Poverty

Religion

Lunacy

Physical violence

Sexuality

Status

Science
What does it mean to be unfinished?
George Buchner himself
How can I apply my play with the theme of being incomplete or unfinished.

There has always been a missing gap
Organised chaos
The scenes in Woyzeck
The real Johann Christian Woyzeck
This is why I have chosen Woyzeck to be cast as a young boy.
Innocent
Determined
Helpless
Human nature transformed
Poverty
Hatred
Nature
Sex
Social expectations
Class divide
Responsibility
Wealth
Technology
Secrets
What is the significance of a railway arch?
The dressing
Dressing
Animals and dehuminisation
Science
Politics and Poverty
Religion
Sexuality
Lunacy
The Human condition
Status
Scene one and Scene two
Scene three
Scene four
Scene five
Scene six and seven
Woyzeck is a piece of educated anger that looks at the past and future simultaneously.
The real Woyzeck
Addresses all contemporary issues
“The language is usually filthy, characters talk about unmentionable subjects, take their clothes off, have sex, humiliate each another, experience unpleasant emotions, become suddenly violent. At its best, this kind of theatre is so powerful, so visceral, that it forces audiences to react: either they feel like fleeing the building or they are suddenly convinced that it is the best thing they have ever seen and want all their friends to see it too. It is the kind of theatre that inspires us to use superlatives, whether in praise or condemnation.


In 1994: The handspring puppet company of South Africa created a production. In this Woyzeck was portrayed as a Black African servant.
In 1999 - the worth Street Theatre company played Woah - Jack!. Adapted by Jeff Cohen, the play portrays Woyzeck as a black african servant.
Animals in Woyzeck
Politics and Power
Casting
The power of reason
•Rotatory Proscenium arch stage used in original production on the 8th November 1913 in Munich,

•Although in 1913 the stage would’ve been lit with gas lights on the floor as there was no other way of positioning them, they could have used coloured filters,

•No theatrical curtain used to communicate Buchner’s themes easier,

•Declamatory (bombastic: ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk"; "tumid political prose".) acting style would have been used in the first production.

•In 1837, Buchner lived in a time where the lower classes were oppressed by the social hierarchy of the feudal system.

•Relates to contemporary audience through these same themes of alienation, violence, poverty being explored in the play.
Buchner wrote Woyzeck at a time of:
> mistreatment of industrial workers in the industrial revolution,
> beginning of Marxism and the
> suffrage movement

Indicating how he may have been influenced by Sturm and Drang, writers who opposed revolution but wrote about social injustice to make others aware as this was a big issue at the time.
Animal Drives
Hunger
Thirst
Sex
Self-protection
Security
Costume and general performance to be MODERN and CONTEMPORARY
Set to be SYMBOLIC
DE JA VU!

THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE
Lighting to be PATCHED and sound to be LITERAL/PRECISE/SYMBOLIC.
Design elements
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