What Effects Would You Wish To Create For Your Audience In Act 2, Scene 2 Of 'yerma'? Explain How You Would Stage The Scene To Achieve Your Aims.

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Throughout the play 'Yerma', the themes of fertility and infertility are woven into the characters' dialogue and action; this is especially prevalent during the washerwomen scene, act 2, scene 2. It is therefore important for the overall design of the staging space to reflect the desperation of Yerma and her barrenness. The perception of the audience is important in the choice of set design, I would therefore direct 'Yerma' in the round as this will allow for close and personal relationships to form between the characters on stage and the audience. This is especially important in this scene as I wish for the audience to feel like members of the community and involved in the gossip.As I am setting 'Yerma' in the round, it is important to have a simple and central focus for the audience, this would be a large sandpit, as this represents both the physical dryness of the setting, the drought of the Andalusia landscape, and the barrenness of Yerma, as is said in the women's song, 'Alas, for the barren wife! / Alas for her sand filled breasts!' the sand is therefore a literal representation of the metaphor in their song. Throughout the play, characters remove sand; this would show the passing of time and with it, the passing of Yerma's hopes to have a child. During the washerwomen's scene, the sand would be covered by a fluid stretch of material blue/green in colour that represents the water in which the women are washing. The cloth would stretch across the whole stage area and create a stream running through the centre splitting the washerwomen in half. The play as a whole would be lit with powerful orange, red and white lights to enhance the feelings of barrenness, this lighting is juxtaposing this with blue and green lighting, that highlights the desolation of the rest of the play.The costumes that the washerwomen wear are important in showing their characters and contrasting their freeness with the restrictions forced on Yerma and the personalities of Juan's sisters. The washerwomen would wear greens, earthy browns and white or cream, colours that suggest fertility and would have been worn in the 1930s; the women have a regular uniformity to their costumes that creates a feeling of them all being the same. It is suggested that all the women are mothers and in their song, the line 'How she shines!' describes how the women should look, glowing, animated and very active. To stand out from the rest and still look as though she is a part of the same community, Yerma would wear yellow instead of green, signifying the lack of fertility. All the women would be barefoot to show that they are poor; they would all wear long skirts and shawls, some with long-sleeved blouses, others with short. I would dress the two sisters in black, their costumes would be loose and not show their figures, the costumes resemble the dress of nuns as they are religious, 'They used to keep an eye on the Church. Now their keeping an eye on the sister-in-law.' Their appearance in...

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