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Spoonface Steinberg By Lee Hall Essay

2218 words - 9 pages

Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall


Introduction- Play is written in first person, monologue, why its an
unusual choice for centre character to have a disability, how people
view others with disabilities in our society.

Paragraph 1- Creation of Spoonface, like of opera music (what it
symbolises for her) Her numbers

Paragraph 2- Situations Spoonface is placed in- has autism and cancer,
parents are splitting up, and her mother is an alcoholic. Why Hall
does this and how it makes us feel.

Paragraph 3- People around Spoonface and how they react to Spoonface-
Mother turns to alcohol, Father runs off with a younger woman, Mrs
Spud telling Spoonface she is special, How each of these relationships
make us feel.

Paragraph 4- Spoonface and the concentration camps- how Spoonface
feels about them, why Hall includes this information, Why we feel
sympathy towards Spoonface at this time.

Paragraph 5- Spoonface and death- how she figures out the meaning of
life, relationship with God, why Hall does all this.

Paragraph 6- Film version of play and my own production of a section
from the play. How the film and my version differed from the original
version and why, What certain things in the film version were meant to

Conclusion - What Lee Hall wants to make us realise, why he chose this
way to do it. How Hall actually creates a sympathetic relationship
between Spoonface and the audience.

The play Spoonface Steinberg is written in first person and in a
stream of consciousness. This is that it seems as if it is written
from someone's mind as soon as the person thinks of it. The play is a
monologue and Hall chooses a very unusual character to be the main
character in this type of play. Hall chose a young girl with autism
and this is an unusual choice because people suffering from autism
generally have difficulty in communicating their feelings and
especially since the character is only a child this would seem to make
it much more difficult. This is also unusual because there are not
many other films and play productions that centre on a disabled
person. Some people believe that people with disabilities are second
class citizens and many people with a handicap suffer abuse whilst
trying to live their lives.

Lee Hall encourages and creates a sympathetic relationship between
Spoonface and the audience in many different ways. One of these ways
is the creation of Spoonfaces character.

Spoonface likes opera music and this is very important to her and it
is a major theme, which runs throughout the play. It is played
immediately at the beginning of the play as Spoonface starts to speak
this instantly gives us the connection with her interest. Opera music
is played between the different sections of the play; Lee Hall does
this to provide a break from listening to one voice and to evoke
emotion. For Spoonface opera music symbolises death and dying
beautifully as she says when talking about...

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