Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Historical context self study

Briefly explain peter brooks production of 'a midsummer nights dream'

This production directed by Peter Brook was immensely influential. Brook approached the play with deliberate radicalism, taking up the baton from Granville-Barker almost 60 years earlier who innovatively presented the play in London on an apron stage with minimal set.
The set consisted of a brilliantly-lit white box which replaced the traditional Dream set design of pretty forest and classical Athenian court. The actors wore bright silks and performed circus skills such as plate-spinning and trapeze-swinging, inspired by Chinese acrobats.
By doubling the roles of Oberon and Theseus and those of Titania and Hippolyta (played by Alan Howard and Sara Kestelman), Brook made it clear that the Fairy King and Queen were the alter egos of the mortal rulers. In this way, Brook suggested that the conflicts and erotic adventures of the nocturnal wood were the uncontrollable eruption of subconscious fears and desires

Royal Shakespeare company, 2014, Royal Shakespeare company, , accessed on 5th February 2014

Why do you think peter brook's production of 'a midsummer nights dream' was so revolutionary?
Peter brook's midsummer nights dream is revolutionary because he sent a message to other artist that we can interpret ideas or the script for him and make it you're own. That abstract is more interesting and personal for our audience, to make them more involved in the art or performance. He helped other possible artist discover that its time for classical and original art or theatre to become more our own and modern.

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