Response to Live Performance: The Play What I Wrote Essay

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Response to Live Performance: The Play What I Wrote

Character Review: Toby Sedgwick (stage character Arthur)

Albeit the production consisted of a scarce number of actors, Toby Sedgwick's dynamic performance compensated, due to the way in which he effectively portrayed an astonishing broad spectrum of characters. These characters varied greatly in presence, from absent-minded Arthur who dreamed of playing the harmonic no matter what the circumstances may have been, to the idiosyncratic stage manger.

Despite the significance of each character; whether it being merely an addition to the main characters; Jo and Ben, or the focus of the scene, Toby always possessed a remarkable presence, which
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His actions and movements as the village people were so entrancing, that it served as a distraction for a change of set in the background.

Not only was Toby's alter ego Arthur's actions hilarious, he also adapted his voice in a number of ways and forms to suit his character. For instance as the stage managed instead of the usual upbeat voice he had, Toby put on a rather higher pitched squeak, which accompanied his movements and the character's manner flawlessly. Also in comparison to this moment, Toby' s voice completely changed again when he was playing the female part of Daryl Hannah. He was able to achieve a suave hum, which polished the character off.

It was in both these factors put together flawlessly that had the audience in fits of laughter each time Arthur attempted to become someone new; each time completely different. Arthur's as a character was also effective to the audience as unlike the other characters, he acknowledged the members of the audience in the 'God's' whom were not in his direct eye line. As a result of lifting his eye line slightly, he not only made the people in the 'dress circle' feel invited into the actions of the play, he also made us the students feel as though he was talking to each and every one of us.

All in all I feel as though the many varied faces of

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