Peter Brook Peter Brook's use of the simple to create something magical and fantastic can be seen in this video. Ophelia touches each object that she pulls from the box with care, almost as if she is remembering what each one meant to her. The Peter Brook method, as applied to the scene, shows how even something as simple as pulling objects out of a box can be turned into an emotional scene that allows the audience to gain insight on the character, their personality, and their motivations. This monologue was very serious and dramatic, and relied less on dramatic camera angles or special effects than some of the other videos. While watching this monologue, I was pulled into the story because the intense acting made it feel like you were in the room with Ophelia which was interesting and haunting at the same time.
Constantin Stanislavsky The Stanislavsky theory relies on putting one's self in the place of the character in order to enrich your acting and draw from personal experience. This can be seen in this video because the portrayal of Ophelia smoking is something that many people, including possibly the actress, can connect to. The cigarette serves both to show that Ophelia is soothing her nerves, and to show that she has something to be nervous about in the first place. This monologue made me feel very connected to the character because I have smelled cigarette smoke before, and it was easy to imagine that I was really there in the room with Ophelia, smelling the smoke and listening to what she was doing.
Bertolt Brecht The Brecht theory can be centered around the character addressing the audience in order to dispel the illusion of theatre, and inform the audience exactly what is going on. This is apparent in this video because Ophelia repeatedly steps out of her character and adds in lines such as "she said" during her monologue to show the audience that she is separate from her character. The mood in this monologue was also much lighter, with the lights being more bright and the music being more cheerful. This did not trap the audience in the darkness and despair of the other monologues, and allowed them to observe and analyze what Ophelia was doing without their own emotions clouding their judgement. This piece made me feel like I could understand what was happening to Ophelia more, but it was slightly jarring to be suddenly be talked to directly by the actress, especially when she was going to drown herself.
Jerzy Grotowski The Grotowski theory is meant to connect the audience with the character, and does away with things that might interfere, such as excessive music or costumes. This is evident in this video because there was little music, and besides alternating camera angles, the special effects are minimal. This allows the audience to hear every word and every breath that the character makes, and to see the subtle expressions on their face. Because of this, the audience is able to form a connection that they would not form otherwise. Without music, the scene seems much more real, as if it could be happening to someone you know, or even yourself, in the room next to you or right in front of you. This piece made me feel nervous and anxious because there was nothing to separate me from the character, and it was if I was watching a video that a person had taken of themselves in real life.
Antonin Artaud The shock value and surreal experience that the audience receives from the theatre of cruelty allows them to be transported to a different world. This can clearly be seen in this video, as the monologue begins form the perspective of a fish in a fishbowl. Ophelia's face is distorted, like it is being viewed through the water. Her features continue to be bent and manipulated throughout the piece, lending to the illusion that the audience can not tell what is real and what is effects. This created an eerie mood because the already dramatic monologue is distorted in image and audio to make the audience feel disoriented an surprised at every turn.
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