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Woyzeck Directorial Concept

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Sally Owen

on 25 July 2013

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Transcript of Woyzeck Directorial Concept

Your Directorial Concept
In the exam, you are allowed to take in your annotated play text which should have all your OPC notes on it. There is a blank page after each page of script for you to use. No extra sheets will be allowed. Your play text will be taken in with your exam answers.

You must focus on the ‘meaning making process’.

As the director of Woyzeck you need to have a consummate command of every aspect of the production. This means you need to have thought about and made notes in your text on the following categories in detail.
Where are you setting your production and why? What is the social, cultural and historical context surrounding the writing of the play? If you are modernising the setting what aspects of the original social, cultural and historical context will you need to adapt? How will you relate the story to modern day? What is the intended effect on an audience?
With relation to your setting, what style does your production take? Why? What is the intended effect on an audience?
What do you want your audience to realise from what they first see on stage? What will you put on stage to show this? Is location communicated clearly? This will be the first opportunity for your audience to begin to understand the ‘meaning’ of your piece. Link it back to your ideas on overall style.
Who will wear what? Why?
How does this relate to your overall style and intention?
What do the colours/materials represent? Why?
This means in general and in reference to key scenes or moments. Provoking? Emotional? Shocking? Awakening?
Which practitioners have influenced your style/conventions and rehearsal techniques most? Be specific, explain the techniques and why. Why is one (eg. a Stanislavskian) approach more suitable than another (eg. Berkoffian) for your production?
At the start of any essay about Woyzeck you need to state what stage you will be using (end-on, thrust, in-the-round, traverse etc) and why. Think about what you want the relationship between your audience and the performers to be; how does staging affect this?
What props and furnishings will be on stage and why have you chosen these? What do they symbolise? Why? Link back to original style and intention.
Are there any key colours used throughout the design elements? Why? What meaning and atmosphere do these colours communicate to an audience?
Think about the material you will use. You must justify your reason for using wood, velvet, Hessian, muslin etc.
Key moments. Washes, gels, strobe, gobos? Why?
How does this relate to your overall style and intention?
What? When? Why?
How does this relate to your themes and intentions?
Rehearsal techniques
Use your own notes. You should not only be able to state the rehearsal techniques, but know whether they were successful for the specific bit of text you were exploring. What conclusions have you come to? What worked? What didn’t and why?
What specific qualities are you looking for in the actor who plays Woyzeck, Marie, Drum Major, Doctor etc.? How will you assess their suitability? WHY?
For every character you need to have an idea of how you want to portray them.

Choose at least 5 quotations/sections from the play for each character which successfully show your chosen characterisation of them. WHY?

Always be specific about this characterisation:
Facial Expression
Body Language/Gesture/Gait etc.
Vocal Performance (PPP EVITAT)
Stage Action Key Moments
Choose key moments and be clear in what you wish your audience to understand at this point and WHY!
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