HAMLET | OBJECT VIDEO

The first task that we got after coming back from easter was to create a video that depicts the key characteristics of one of the 9 main characters. We were split into small groups to complete this task. The group that I was put into were given Horatio as our character.

Horatio:

Loyalty, strength, swordsmanship, moral, quiet.

Above I have listed the main characteristics we decided applied to Horatio. We also wanted to play on the fact that Shakespeare hints at the questionable side of his sexuality. We decided to create a soliloquy written about his love for hamlet that also exposes his key qualities.

The soliloquy:

Hamlet offers his arm to Ophelia, which she takes with a sly smile. He whispers sweetly in her ear and the two proceed to walk towards the gardens of the estate. All the while Horatio watches from the gun terrace, somber and pensive. Pacing back and forth he deliberates to himself the differences between his own relationship with Hamlet, and that of Ophelia’s.

 

“Does me think he holds her more dearly than I?

Her petal like hands held so delicately within his palm,

this master swordsman turned gentle creature?

My sorrow clashes with gratitude,

For she was able to tame his wilds

And rid him of his anguished heart.

 

How was it this mouse was able to free the lion;

Caged for so long after the king’s demise?

It harrows me with fear and wonder.

This delicate youth may prove to be to him what I cannot.

Her nature though wistful,

Bears the strength of the Mother all encompassing.

And so shall she be better matched than I?

But she lacks the sword that fits his sheath.

 

Horatio gazes towards the couple as Hamlet places his hand on the small of Ophelia’s back. She leans into his breast, he plants a feathered kiss onto her flushed cheek.

 

Rumors from weary soldiers

Tell the tale of a resurrected soul.

Clad in the king’s armour

I pray the mischievous mind of thine Hamlet

Bid this gossip to rest.

I beg him to relinquish these dark thoughts of revenge,

For it will be his ruin,

My ruin also.

 

I shall confront this demon myself,

If nothing but to save Hamlet’s tortured mind.

To bear the brute of hell is a small price

To save Denmark’s future king.

 

Thine unquestionable loyalty remains with Hamlet;

Thy fruit forbidden.

Eve was tempted by deceiving apples,

Yet to stay true to thine prince

I must remain unpeeled.

Revenge could cause his core to rot,

And send him to hells gates.

Although this sour act is ungodly,

I am bound to him who commits it.”

 

The day grows old, Hamlet bids Ophelia good night. He plants a sweet kiss upon her lips, before she pulls away and skips toward the castle. Hamlet remains a while, his hair caught in the wind, a smirk claims his face before he follows her to the castle’s front entrance. Horatio remains thoughtful before sighing, releasing his essence into the breeze and wandering along the gun terrace enering the prince’s castle through the rear.

 

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PUPPET SHOW | SCENE SELECTION

SCENE 1:

The puppet will begin asleep in the centre of the stage. The puppet will be awoken by the arrival of the puppeteers. This is something we learnt in Pervin’s masterclass, waking the puppet up is almost bringing them to life.

This scene is based around the quote ‘to love me is to love a haunted house’. The background of this scene will be a light shadow window in the top right had corner of the back drop. This will be simple and quite large; 4 light boxes arranged as a window. We will haunt this scene by using more light shadows. Manipulating a mirror in front of a light, will enable us to reflect ghostly shapes onto the backdrop around the window. This will be done behind gauge.

This scene will be effectively the beginning of the puppets day.

SCENE 2:

In this scene the puppet will be awakening, attempting to go about it’s normal day. The scene is designed to portray how difficult it can be for a person struggling with mental health issues to get up, how simple tasks for everyone else can be huge for them.

The puppets movements will be slow and well thought out, in order to show the struggle. Having the puppet make quite inward movements enable the audience to read its emotions as sad and anxious.

In this scene the background will change to a shadow of a graveyard to respond to the section;

‘I have a cemetery in my backyard,

and in my front yard,

and in my bedroom.’ 

SCENE 3:

The puppet begins this scene by walking through the cemetery, that features in the previous scene. It then begins to run, as if it has been scared.

Panic is a stubborn phantom,

she will grab hold of me

and not let go for months- 

this is the part of the story

where everyone is telling you to run.

I think that here the phantom is the thing that scares the puppet, spooks it into running. As a group we are considering including some sort of shadow ‘panic’. The idea so far is that we have a small cut out figure that we put in front of the light, possibly moving so that it enlarges as the puppet runs.

SCENE 4:

The puppet stands and acts almost skeletal.

My anxiety is a camera,

that shows everyone I love as bones.’

Ideally we would like another puppet to be back stage. We would shine a light on this puppet to show a shadow of an almost skeletal form on the backdrop. Here the puppet on stage will have a breakdown and slump to the floor as if it was a pile of bones.

SCENE 5:

This is the scene designed to be the ‘up’ point of the characters day, the happy part. All people who suffer from anxiety don’t spend the entire town sad, they have happy points too. In the case of Brenna her happy times are with her love that she mentions a lot.

so we turn the music up

and we dance to Miles Davis.’

Here the puppet begins to dance around the stage, almost as if they are dancing with a non existence person. In the background, the window appears again, but this time with dancing puppet figures as well. This helps to suggest that the dancing with this ‘love’ is just a memory? it is not a constant in her life?

SCENE 6:

Scene 5 leads well into this scene.

‘Darling,

this love will not cure me’

As if to say this ‘love’ is happy and great and it brings her up for a period of time, but her anxiety can not be taken from her.

Here the puppet reaches up into the corner, it attempts to grab a shadow hand that also appears. Unfortunately for this puppet the shadow hand is to high and to far away.

SCENE 7:

To love me is to love a haunted house,

its fun to visit once year,

but no one wants to live there’

The puppet fall asleep again, the opposite of the first scene. The idea is to symbolise the fact that mental health is a cycle, one moment you are happy and one moment you are right back down again.

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INTRO TO THEATRE DESIGN | PUPPETRY

Our course began in a more informal way compared to most. We played Grandma’s foot setps and cut small shapes out of wood. All fun and games really.

The first official project of this course is puppetry. We are looking at the construction and manipulation of Bunraku (puppets manipulated by three puppeteers) puppets, with the aim of a small puppet show to finish.

We have been split into 4 groups, each assigned a puppet to create. Within each group every person chose a body part to sculpt. For me, it was the abdominal area. My task is to use polystyrene, wood and paper to create a life like piece.

I think what is interesting about the puppets that we are being asked to create, is that they are expressionless and genderless. They have no personality, and so can become any character that we wish.