This module (THE3000) focused on a group performance, with each individual being assessed on their performance within a chosen role. The process of the module was firstly reading a selection of plays assigned by the module leader. Groups then formed, based on their interests, balance of skills and their willingness to work with a certain text. Once the groups became existent we re-read the text chosen and discussed our opinions on various issues relevant to contemporary theatre and the aesthetics surrounding the production of the text. As an ensemble we chose Christopher Durang’s play, Betty’s Summer Vacation, initially because we all enjoyed the humorous satirical elements of the play, however as our discussion progressed we started to discover and develop our ideas so as to give them more depth.
When pitching for Christopher Durang’s, Betty’s Summer Vacation we looked into the text in great detail and thought about way in which it could be staged, we considered the staging through a directors eye as well as a designer and actor. As an ensemble we thought this was necessary to do in order to gather all vital information needed for a successful proposal and pitch.
After successfully completing this, it was here where each individual was assigned a specific role or job. In a production meeting, we voiced our chosen roles and spoke of why we felt we could execute it well. My strongest role has always been visible through costume and working within a costume team.
AIMS OF MODULE
For this year’s production I chose to take on a bigger responsibility within the group rather than simply just performing. I felt it would offer a new challenge and give me a greater sense of confidence in understanding the importance of my job. I wanted to take on the position of Head of Costume as I believed I had the potential to further my knowledge in contemporary costumes as well as being able to successfully cope with the pressure and demands of the job.
My main aim was to produce and present suitable costumes which reflect each characters personality as well as fitting comfortably.
DISCUSSION OF RELEVANT ISSUES WITHIN BSV
Christopher Durang’s ‘Betty’s Summer Vacation’ deals with extreme realities and how they are perceived as humorous. The characters seem normal at first but throughout the play transform into emotionless human beings imitating cartoon like characters. In life today we currently deal with issues and problems from murders, physical abuse and rape, all of which are devastating and disturbing.
Durang notes that “The world is morally upside down, but seems perfectly normal to its inhabitants.” (Betty’s Summer Vacation, Christopher Durang, p.ix)
I believe that what Durang is trying to portray is how society depicts shocking issues and transforms them into comical scenes within Betty’s Summer Vacation. As the madness builds throughout the play so does the violence. My role within this is was to source and make costumes which...