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How as a director would you present the role of Michael in Friels Dancing At Lughnasa What theatrical impact would you hope to achieve for the audience AS with every character a director must analyse and interpret Michael as they see him and then try to get this across to the audience without making him stand up stage and give them a profile of his and his aunts lives As a director I think that Michaels monologue at the Beginning of Act 1 is a key speech in terms of interpreting Michaels character From reading the text I would say Michael who is looking back at his memories is still a young man perhaps in his twenties I think this because his memories are so vivid When you are still youngish you can still remember and relate to feelings you had as a child you still understand why you thought or felt what you did And so in my opinion Michael as an adult should be staged as mid twenties I also think that it would be easier for the audience to imagine a youngish Michael as a little boy rather than a man of about 45 as a little boy Michaels speech for me does not reflect an unhappy childhood yet it doesnt show that he was completely happy either I had a sense of unease some awareness of a widening breach between what seemed to be and what was of things changing too quickly before my eyes of becoming what they ought not to be I see Michael perfectly content with his surroundings Nothing within the play makes me conclude that being brought up by five women and no father has affected him in any way It seems that he would react to things as any normal boy of seven would This part of Michaels character really needs to be conveyed to the audience so that they have no reason to
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