Hedda Gabler Essay

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Laura Wallace Theatre Studies Hedda Gabler What advice would you give to the actors in Act 1 in the scene that you performed? The main objective of the first scene in act 1 is to present to the audience Hedda Gabler's personality before she is actually present on stage. Other main objectives of the scene are to show what an atmosphere Hedda creates and how Aunt Julle and Berte, the maid, are quite comfortable with each other and are friends more than anything else. The piece is an ensemble piece and each part is entirely necessary to portray to the audience that Hedda creates awkwardness between different characters. In the beginning of the very first scene we see Aunt Julle and Berte talking, they are talking very casually which is the first sign of friendship between the two and they give out a relaxed atmosphere. The actors playing these parts should take this into consideration before performing the piece, they would need to be close physically on stage to show that they are relaxed around each other and the tones in their voices should be friendly and sincere. As an audience we know that they are close when Aunt Julle says, "Well now, Berte my dear, you've got a new mistress. Heaven knows it was dreadfully hard for me to part with you!" When the actress says this line I would recommend that maybe she would take her hands in hers and lower her tone of voice to show that she is upset a little. In the stage directions Berte is supposed to be "nearly crying" so I would tell the actress to pull her hands away and start to rearrange some flowers partly to show that Berte does not want her old mistress to see that she is upset and partly to show the audience that she is not happy with her new job. The audience should begin to get the hint that Berte does not like Hedda. The actress playing Berte could show the audience this by looking down every time Hedda is mentioned and lowering her tone of voice or maybe fussing about the house to make sure everything is perfect so as not to upset her new mistress, this would show that Berte is nervous of her new job, especially as she is working for Hedda Gabler. "Yes, but there's another thing, Miss. I'm really afraid I'll never manage to suit the young mistress." The two actresses playing these parts have known each other for a long time, to make the audience realize this they could do a number of things to show they have a good friendly relationship and one that goes back a long time too. The actress playing Aunt Julle could stand close to Berte when she is talking and smile as if to reassure her that everything will be alright, this would show the audience that Aunt Julle realizes how distressed Berte is about her new mistress and how she actually cares. When she says lines like, "on, come now! Just at first, perhaps, there may be one or two things"¦" she could take her by the shoulder and sit her down and face her, this would seem very reassuring and caring....

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