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1)What is piece about? When was it on? Where was it set (london, young vic theatre (outside the theatre in a container)The container is a piece of theater that shows what refugees go through when they want to gain asylum. The play takes place in a container with 5 actors and the audience is on the side that this setting is called traverse, shown in fig 1.It was set in Putney, London at the Young Vic theater. It was produced by Clare Bayley and it was directed by Tom Wright.The container was outside the theater to give it life as the are in a real container and are going to london to seek asylum, but they have no idea of time and space.Fig 12) How was time blended/ abstracted in this performance? Discuss what elements of this were similar and different to Artaud’s conventions of Theatre of Cruelty. In this performance, time is blended and abstracted as the entire story takes place inside the container. The characters and the audience are not aware of the time. For example, the container is in France and on its way to England but the characters are unaware of whether it is day or night and this does not affect the context of the play as it is not the aim of the production. The characters are uninformed of the number of days in their travel as well. The only lighting in the container comes from torch lights that are used by the actors and the audience inside the set. The reason behind the minimal lightning is for a more realistic ambiance. In a real life situation, if refugees were to travel illegally by containers, there would not be any lighting at all. The realism of no lighting adds to the abuse of the senses of the audience which is one of the aspects of theatre of cruelty. 3) How was space blended/ abstracted in this performance? Discuss what elements of this were similar and different to Artaud’s conventions of Theatre of Cruelty. Space was also heavily manipulated in the production of the container. In a standard theatrical play, the audience and the actors are separated by the stage and have no contact. However, in this performance, the spectators share the same space as the actors and they are seated inside the set. The performance happens around them and at some points, they have physical contact with some actors. The space is very restricted, especially for the actors. The set is designed to be a traverse stage which means that the audience is placed in two rows in the space and facing each other. The actors can only move between the space that is offered between the 2 rows which was around 3-4 feet. This allows the audience to experience the journey of the refugees and the struggles they face as the container lacks light, air and is very humid. The audience live in the set as refugees which allows them to gain a new perspective on the subject as England is a common destination for asylum seekers. This correlates to theatre of cruelty as Artaud believed that the spectators must relieve the story of the characters and feel emotions that were suppressed. 4) Why do you think this piece of theatre was created(their intention)?I think that the intention of The Container was to show people the effort, struggle, dangers and  conditions the refugees have to withstand in order to gain asylum and lead a better life. However, having the audience ‘live’ the journey with the ‘refugees’ allows them to understand the depth of the issue without having words or text to explain it to them. At the moment, the refugee crisis is growing rapidly due to various conflicts around the world, for example the Syrian war which has lasted for around 6 years. There are around 5 million Syrian refugees that seek asylum all around Europe and London is a very common destination. However, the public and the government are not very keen on accepting asylum seekers which is caused by unfavourable and adverse perspectives. This type of performance, gives people a chance to endure a small fraction of the difficult lives that many refugees have which may change their opinions. 5) What was the intended impact of this performance? Discuss HOW the performance stimulated a visceral response from the audience if you believe it did. The intended impact of this performance was to make the audience feel as uncomfortable and vulnerable as the characters in the story feel. This was executed by stimulating a visceral response from the audience which are reactions that occur on impulse and instinct based on the situation and the experiences around them. The performance prompted such reactions from the spectators by coming in physical contact regularly with some members. There were some scenes which may have caused immense discomfort and revulsion amongst the audience. For example, there was a scene where a character vomited which took place in the restricted area. The scene took place really close to the audience which would startle and prepulse the closest members. In addition, the space is very sweaty, hot and closed which further emphasizes and heightens the level of discomfort as a cause of the noises and temperature.  6) Discuss HOW the performance could have stimulated MORE of a visceral response from the audience and link this to Artaud’s theory. However, the performance could have stimulated more of a visceral response from the audience by abusing more senses of the body like how Artaud would have done regarding his theory. If it were a true Artaudian In the scene, the woman vomits behind large cargo boxes thus the act was hidden. If it were not, then the revolting sight of the vomit would have been far more impactful on the spectators. 7) What did  this play make you think about in terms of the global context of “orientation in time and space”, in particular human landscapes and resources?(Talk about the human landscape of the current refugee crisis and how this play looks at people from some of the many countries who are currently fleeing from different reasons. Talk about how this changes the landscape in those countries but also in the countries they arrive in. Talk about the multiple views of Britain that we see expressed in the play. Use examples (quotes from the play and use any other information you have on the refugee crisis (perhaps from Humanities). 8) Talk about what you learnt about the key concept of communication in  relation to the refugee crisis from this show. (Use examples (quotes from the play and use any other information you have on the refugee crisis (perhaps from Humanities). 9) Talk about what you learnt about the related concept of boundaries in relation to the refugee crisis from this show. (Use examples (quotes from the play and use any other information you have on the refugee crisis (perhaps from Humanities). Antonin Artaud is a French dramatist and theatre director, who was recognised around the world because of his famous “Theatre of Cruelty”. He was born on 4th September 1896, in Marseille, France. He died at the age of 52 on 4th March 1948. He was the son of a wealthy ship fitter and his mother was from the Greek Islands. At age five he suffered a near-fatal attack of meningitis (which is the swelling of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord), the results of which remained with him for his whole life. The was an addiction to a drug called opium, a reddish-brown addictive drug that is prepared from the juice of the opium poppy, It is an illegal drug that is used as a narcotic and occasionally in medicine as a pain reliever. His trouble in life affected his plays. Most of Artaud’s work couldn’t be comprehended at the time because the themes of his plays were not traditional. The acts in plays were not happy and did not show love; they were sad and terrible.

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