I am currently planning a stage set for a (high action) play, and would like to pick anyone elses brains (I have some ideas, but am picking other peoples brains as well for any ace ideas. Ideas used would be credited in the programme.)The play is set in about 1700, and the scenes are- English Harbourside- Convict Ship- Algerian market- Sheikhs Palace- Pirate ship- English harbourside tavern We are performing at a drama festival, and can only have limited stage set (its also what we can get there in three cars plus cast! We are then doing some open air shows, which work as even more limited! The drama festival theatre stage gives us a simple black backdrop and flats. My plan so far is to have a basic nautical set that doubles as the harbour and the ships, with a lighting change and background sound effects to indicate where it is, alongside the acting by the cast. In the Algerian market, we are having the merchants bring on rugs and cushions and whatnot to make it look like a Middle Eastern market place. The Sheikhs palace is similar, with the one bit of backdrop - flown light gauze fabric hangings, and a few ornaments brought on as part of the play by servants. This is all removed for the pirate ship, in which we go back to the basic set, and a pirate flag flying, which turns into the tavern with the wenches bringing on two tables, with bottles and tankards. Those are my ideas, but I was wondering if anyone had any "quick and simple" ideas for getting more definition between the harbour and the ships. Thanks tons for any ideas... :)
bless your work my friend. I so wish I could make the theater work here. I am currently on administrative leave, because I showed a film clip of a gay bashing movie by Bruce l hart, a friend of mine. He plays a man who is kidnapped and tortured for information on his gay friends, hoping to find them and kill them. Unfortunately, the words "suck dick" and "anal" were in it. One of my students told her mother, who told the superintendent. I believe if the movie were not as violent, and did not involve gay sex, the issue would be null and void. but as it is, I will most likely lose my job over this. When you couple this with the teaching tolerance magazine article, it's too much for this bigoted town. Well behaved people rarely make history. I might as well move to England and find a job teaching American history. Maybe people are more tolerant over the pond. If you pray, please pray for me and my family. OH, and my kids, they are devastated. Blessings,dixPS the festival sounds amazing!
personally I think if its of an age range in which such langauge and concepts can be discussed, thats fine. Personally I wouldnt be worried, and if they are older teens and up I am suprised there would be an issue - especially if contextualised to the students first of all. I have just been running a class looking at a film rated one year higher than the age of most of the class, but it was fine (I checked with their usual teacher first as well). Its sad that your people are bigoted like that. Theatre is a medium for exploring so many things, both controversial and not. Having said that we do get bigots here too, but they tend not to come around the events where theatre and performance are taking place. We kinda push the boundaries as to what is family suitable, while not making it overtly adults only, like the current play I posted about, I mean the main thing of the Algerian scenes is sexual slavery, quite an adult topic, and all adults watching it will see it very seriously in there, but at the same time performed in a manner that anyone can watch it, and get either a "light swashbuckling adventure" out of those scenes (younger people) or the much heavier implications (adults) . Yep its an annual drama festival, we always enter it in Spring. Then we are touring the show around spring and summer events in the area until August.
I am shocked that they are being that uptight about it!