Posted at 03.10.2018
Susan Hill's novel THE GIRL in Black color was written in the Gothic custom. Specifically, she wished to write a Victorian Ghost account, even though her novel was written in modern times. Stephen Mallatratt, in adapting the novel into a play, wanted to stay within the novel's tradition, especially by focusing on terror rather than horror: "Darkness is a powerful ally of terror; something glimpsed in a place is far more frightening than if it's fully noticed. " The play has many classic Gothic elements, including: Anxiety, "True" story, Appears to be, Whispers, Bangs, Ghost/Person to get scared, Darkness and a House/unhappy place.
The Woman in Black color is a daunting gothic play. Stephen Mallatratt, the playwright, achieves a terrifying impact through writing an efficient mise-en-scene. Included in these are the setting, lighting, props, sound, the text and stage guidelines for stars, these incorporate and make a "nerve shredding experience"
Stephen Mallatratt also uses lamps effectively, this is seen in (p40) when "Kipps occupies the torch and techniques outside, fade to black-out" on level this is very difficult as the stage is pitch dark-colored you don't know what will happen next, this creates a strange setting and "truly nerve-shredding experience" for the audience. In addition, another area the light was used effectively was the field that when Kipps wants Spider in take action III. The Woman in Dark colored is in the nursery where it is light however, 'she is outside the light, yet we see her as a crow-like silhouette, violently flapping in the dark'. The usage of light has on the audience's emotions; once we are conditioned to believe black represents bad and light represents good.
One of the techniques that the writer uses to make the play "nerve-shredding" is reasonable. For example, as the noises of the pony's hooves gets louder and louder as though it's coming deeper, a child's cry goes up to a scream of terror which is then choked and drowned. The audience should feel worries and be concerned of that which was going to happen next. Another example sometimes appears in the play for example when the "Market noises fade and foot steps echo" (p19) Mallatratt uses this to show the audience that the scene is taking place out side also to provide a chilling, eerie affect on the audience. As "The lamps dims slightly to provide filtered result through trees and shrubs. They walk on, which creates an atmosphere to the world. This consists of, a moody and foggy setting up, however, Kipps and Mr Daily acts as if they go into a chapel, Kipps "I take it she actually is to be buried in the churchyard?" talking about about The Woman in Dark.
The stage props were little because of the limited amount of space at the theater. Therefore, the props which were used were required to create maximum result. These included, a wicker basket, clothes clinging on a rail and chair for the stars to sit on. The wicker basket was used as a prop to demonstrate a train carriage, a bed, horse carriage and a workplace. The clothes rail was situated up level and never moved from its position. The goal of this prop was to illustrate a cloak room. The chair was employed by the celebrities to portray someone relaxing on a coach. Alternatively, as piece of furniture in a room; for example, a office seat or an arm chair.
In the play Mallatratt only uses three stars. Kipps takes on many tasks, his main is narrating the storyplot; however, Kipps also performs 'Keckwick' and 'Mr Daily'. This is anticipated to Kipps not sense confident enough to see his tale; therefore he tells an professional who takes on Mr Kipps. Whilst he is telling the professional the audience become aware of his report through the actor. The Woman in Black is the ultimate actress; she can be used for impact as the celebrity does not have any lines. The primary purpose of this actress is to make dread in the audience. The audience on view her when Mallatratt is creating terror.
There are extremely thorough stage guidelines given throughout the play 'from the miss he removes the bottle of brandy and a wine glass and pours himself a largish measure'. This is an example of the fine detail Mallatratt uses in his level directions. Therefore, any director could re-capture the same effects from his stage guidelines. Furthermore, his stage directions include light and sound files 'the lights have dimmed to exclusive darkness'. This illustrates that Mallatratt uses light to provide an illusion or effect of eeriness and thoughts of fear to the audience. The director uses audio for result "as the audio fades down, changes visible way, swirls and fades as if carried on the mist". He use of sound fading, provides illusion that the fog is dispersing.
In conclusion, I feel Mallatratts play was a "truly nerve-shredding experience". His use of lighting when the girl in Black color was on stage was classic. The knowledge made my skin area crawl and my wild hair stand at a time. The audio created an atmosphere of terror, the most effective arena was the sound used to recreate the pony's hooves. Mallatratt truly made me believe that a horses and carriage was stepping into the stage through the sounds effects. However, I feel he can have used more props to give more effect. A good example carries a silhouette of the little boy. By using three actors Mallatratt has still catches Kipps story. I suggest that anticipated to his precise and detailed level directions some other director could be re-capture the fact of his play. Overall, I came across the theater experience greater than reading the play credited to being part of the atmosphere.