So far in our work on ‘A Midsummers Nights Dream… Or Raving Madness’ we have started the opening scene which will be to “Step on” by ‘Happy Mondays’. This scene is a fight scene between the two gangs of Oberon and Titania. In this we begin with a freeze frame of people in various fighting positions in which we move out of using slow motion. We have done this because the music starts in a slow beat, although this introduces the theme of the eighties with how we are under the influence of drug abuse as we are setting our performance in the rave era of the eighties.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/937140906364327/?fref=ts This is the link to a video of the first stages of the development of ‘Step on’. We are still filming the version of the new opening with the freeze frame.
With in the opening scene we’re also planning to lift ‘Titania’ played by Rachel, At the moment we are doing a lift where we lift her into a standing crucifix so she can pry a box off ‘Puck’ and ‘Robin’ played by Sian and Jamie.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/937140906364327/?fref=ts This video shows us attempting the lift. This is a good idea however it has its faults because a few of us are not strong enough to lift her for a long amount of time, we have had other ideas the include using Titania’s gang members as a stair case so she can then walk up at snatch the box leaving Titania and her following victorious.
I feel like this is a strong opening because it very clearly distinguishes the characters of Titania and Oberon, as well as showing who following the other characters are on with in the play. We have also learnt the lyrics of step on because in an ideal world we will be singing and moving so it is a musical and not a play with an eighties soundtrack. At the end of stand off of the gangs we will be going into individual fight scenes which shall also be slow motion to reinforce the influence of the rave era. I shall be in a routine with Harry and Scott as they are both in Oberon’s gang, this is a new development as it was myself, Sophia and Scott. However we realised that then there would be two people short of a pairing in Oberon’s gang, therefore Sophia is now paired with Vicky and Harry has replaced Sophia. Scott and Harry are both form Oberon’s posse and I am form Titania’s. This gives us room however to hopefully place in a few simple lifts which will give the performance some more levels, this maybe difficult though as it is in slow motion and the difficulty level rises when lifting anything once it is in slow motion as because you have to make it realistic and it may not have enough energy to lift with the same effect being applied.
Sian in the performance is playing the character of Puck and Jamie is playing the character of ‘Robin’. In the scene with the three fairies and puck and robin, Puck and Robin have a song called ‘Free’ and in this they are showing off to the fairies and we have created a small piece of choreography.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/937140906364327/?fref=ts In this video it shows the characters of Puck and Robin and the three fairies. Fairy 1 and 2 are the more mature and have a stronger attitude in the show where as fairy 3 is less intelligent and starts to join in with Puck and Robin before fairy 1 and 2 pull her away. I feel like this scene needs more work and needs to be finished and polished but it gives a good feel for the characters personalities and introduces them in the show very strongly. I fell like the movement however needs some more work because even though the freedom of movement is good for Puck and Robin and is quite simplistic we need to keep in mind that they will be singing the song and not the people up in the radio studio therefore we need to make sure that the movement represents their characters while still creating a clear sound for the audience to hear.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNWf2wPygA8&index=4&list=PLE73Z0S7Hm2lyLaqBxnVLZL-5RRllhMWz The youtube video is the chours of ‘No More Lonely Nights’ which features once of the opening scenes with Theseus and Hippolyta. This song is relevant here because the opening dialogue with Theseus and Hippolyta is about their wedding day which is to commence in four days but Theseus feels as though the days are approaching too slow and the old moon is taking far too long to fade away. Hippolyta is consoling him and telling him that, four days will quickly turn into four nights. And since they dream at night the time shall pass fast enough. Hense the song ‘no more lonely nights’, this in our rendition if ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ is about how they will be together soon enough and how these lonely nights will shortly pass before they are married and will spend the rest of their life’s together. The harmonies in the songs are not cleaned properly but I think that for the first few rehearsals they are sounds rather good. I believe what we need to do is to stop singing just as our four section and star to sing as a group because I think that we haven’t found the correct amount of blend for it have a sound of meaning as at the moment it just sounds like we are singing what we have been told to sing.
This is a link to the first movement of Oberon’s gang to the song ‘Moments in love’. I am not in Oberon’s gang but i feel this is a mystical piece of dance and represents Oberon and is difference to Titana as they are like dawn and dusk. Oberon represents the dusk he is colder and lacks compassion but has alot of mystery. This is the reason I feel like this movement has a lot of his character in it because it reminds me of the nocturnal animals coming out and causing mischief. I really like the disjointed timing and the cannon that is used but at the same time it has a fluidity to it that almost entrances you, Harry Ladell in this piece really stands out because I feel at the moment he is the only one who is in his character the whole time and is really performing it my eyes are locked on him because of his facial expressions and his energy. I feel like he is doing what everyone should be doing, when I watch this piece I see a lot of people lacking in emotion or showing the wrong emotion for the piece, there also seems to a lack of execution to the dance at this moment in time as there is a high lack of energy that needs to be brought to a piece like this one. For this to be achieved when it has been finished it then will have to be cleaned but i would strongly suggest that everyone needs to starts putting character into this even when its just a rehearsal so then it can be re-produced time and time again like a second nature.
This is the link to the final song, ‘Back to Life’ this is the most developed piece so far but we still have a long way to go as we do with all the piece’s however fir this we do know all the movement. This puts us in a much better position to clean the movement and perfect it quickly. However my point about the non expressive facial features and little effort is once again relevant in this piece, from a personal point of view i could have out a lot more effort into this i could have used my face in the performance but as I didn’t in this video I look lifeless and rather bored which is totally wrong for the performance. I am confidant in saying that I am not alone in this, the marjority of us were doing exactly what i was doing, what we had learnt but not putting much performance into the video above.