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Margaret Catchpole is dramatisation based on a book which in turn is based on a true story The play used many different techniques to draw the audiences attention towards a women and her struggle for freedom and to be next to her beloved Will LordThe play was very well staged using a long and thin area directly in front of the audience that created a difficult acting space but resulted in a very effective and eye-catching performance I noticed that each character could have a very long entrance and exit and in my opinion created a more effective and bolder performance as each entrance and exit could last longer more could be done to get the message across to the audience of how that character was feeling They made valuable use of the whole acting space using every available area1 to stage difference emotions whether they are freeze frames on one side and thoughts-aloud on the other or simply to create more space for the actors to use when acting their individual roles This resulted in the audience always being invited to follow each movement up and down the stage and keeping their attentionAs well as the staging I thought that another effective and important feature was the props used to bring the story to life The main prop used throughout the play was the empty boxes and crates These were used in a variety of different ways alluring the audience to use their imagination and turn the boxes into their respective roll in the scene Examples of their use included creating a high stall for the judge making him appear above the rest and also reinforcing his role sound effects and the prison wall in which Margaret jumped off and I thought that mixed with her acting skills created a realistic prison wall from where her escape would commence Another important prop was the bottles of drink again used throughout the play to create
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