Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Group Notes

These are group notes from our talks about the production. We have done mind maps so it can give us more ideas and we have all had different ideas that we have written. The reason we did this is so we could look back on it if we get stuck and if we need any more ideas.

20th Century

These are mordern day images of staging today. You can see the huge difference between now and the 16th century, as we have grown by using many different things. Very famous artists like Pablo Picasso and David Hockney has changed threatre design and has made it a lot better. The big budget plays are all located at the West end now.

Early 20th Century

This is pictures of the early 20th century slowly coming up to the mordern days. In the 1920s Bertolt Brecht was a german
theatre director who believed in a very bare
stage so that the ‘truth’ of the acting was
clear and not cluttered by elaborate scenery.
This was a really big push for show as it is making it more and more mordern.

19th Century

The scenery still looked very architectural and realistic in the 19th century times. The three major scenic trends during the 19th century, especially in Europe, were:A revolt against the two dimensional world of painted canvas
   Historically accurate scenery
   The development of the realistic box set and

Early Stage Sets Of The 16th And 17th Century

Here are images of some royal families that they performed for.

The early first formal stage perfomances in the europe area were perfomed for the Kings, Queens and courtiers in the royal courts and palaces as it used to entertain them.
The best people that could set up the shows was called it as it was a great honour performing infront of the royal family. The shows were built in the palaces grounds so the royal family did not have to move to go anywhere it was all in there own house.

A Brief History Of Theatre Design

Elizabethan Theatre

This is a shakespearain theatre which was made in 1599, when first made it was a typical public theatre space of the 15th and 16th century timeline. When there was plays the audience had to stand up and watch the show.


Images Of Different Performances

This is the image of all the different type of performances I researched on, I put it all together into a moodboard so it would be easier for me to look back at it.

Performance Type

Performance is an act of staging or presenting a play or concert or any other event.


Street performance/mime
Bands/Rock/rap/pop concert
Musical theatre
Fashion show
Puppet show
TV show/quizz/chat show
Reality TV
Orchestra/classic music

Health And Safety In The Theatre

Risk/ Location:                                                    Solution:
Pre Production                                                       Pre Production

-Use of power tools                                               Wear safety clothes/goggles
-Cutting equipments                                              Use cutting Matt's and don't wave it about
-Use of paint or glue gun                                       Clean up spills
-Using the right materials                                     Making sure nothing hurts the actors
-Heavy lifting                                                         Work in groups to help
-Ensure props are safe for actors                      Check the plant see if its safe with the arms

Production                                                               Production

- Stage blackout, tripping or falling                       Make sure use torches in the dark
-Height hazards/ falling of stage                           Make it clear to the cast where to walk
-Props getting lost                                                  Make sure they are all placed in one place
-Moving scenery                                                      Everyone has there own job to do
-Crowd control                                                       Control the tickets and seats
- Fire                                                                        Tell the audience the fire exits

There are many things you need to consider when your holding a event. You need to ensure that you have all the legislation for the audience and your crew. website tells you the health and safety risk and how to solve them. 
This is a example from the website about crowd risk:
RMC's study indentified those physical features of a venue that may lead to overcrowding and possible injury. These include:
  • steep slopes
  • dead ends, locked gates
  • convergence of several routes into one
  • uneven or slippery flooring or steps
The potential for injury increases in some situations. Potential hazards requiring identification and management control include:
  • reverse or cross flows in a dense crowd
  • flows which are obstructed by queues, or gathering crowds
  • large pedestrian flows mixing with animals or traffic
  • moving attractions within a crowd
This shows the problems that may happen so you can always watch out for. Before I started the production I checked this website which told me the problems that may happen so I could aviod them in my production.

Poster Analysis

The tile is in big bold letters, but the reason for the word horror to be bigger than the rest is because we wanted to catch the audience’s eye. The writing is written in red to create a horror death theme as red goes with horror and death.

We have chosen to only have one main image. Many other posters have two or more images but we wanted the audience to focus on this main image as this is the main story of the show. The dark colour of the plant goes with the dark background and red title.

The reason why I and my group chose the colour black for the background is because it the colour black relates to death which makes it scary and it also combines with the title which is red. The reason why wanted to make the poster scary is because we wanted to promote the scary side of the play.


We have written all the information in the same colour as the title so it will also stand out. The reason for this is because this is important information for our audience as they would need to know where the event is and the timings.

Legal Requirements
This is the legal side as we had to put this up so we don’t get into any legal trouble with copy right. We didn’t want it to be big so we put it smaller in the bottom. We did it in white so it stood out as it is written really small.