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Form And Structure The Crysalids is split into two parts 1Waknuk and 2Beyond Waknuk The play in total is about one hour and is a series of short scenes which develop a story and follows narrative of the central character - David None of the scenes in Crysalids seem longer than 3-4 minutes and some are even 30 seconds long Most of the scenes are delivered in the form of naturalistic dialogue but occasionally there is a monologue from 4 telepathic characters that tell the audience about their visions The characters in the Crysalids are introduced gradually - at the start of the story the play writes uses the technique of introducing a new telepathic character through a monologue at the end of each scene The writer shows rather than tells The story is revealed in gradual stages making the audience forced to ask questions about the action-taking place in front of them Eg Anne says this at the end of Scene 3 Keep our eyes open Be alert They tell us every day Be suspicious of everyone Guard our purity If they knew about us what would they do The longer it goes on the greater we deceive them In our heart of hearts we want to be like others are Thats all Just like others are The structure of the play particular the use of short sharp scenes moving quickly from one space or time to another lends itself well to presenting the play as a form of promenade theatre
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