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The Tempest second key extract

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Performance

There are a lot of different ways to perform a particular scene. How is the drama created in the two Key Extracts?

From the table below, you will see there are elements of the two Key Extracts that are quite similar. But whereas there is a lot of conflict in the first extract, the second one is full of romance. This needs to be brought out in the performance.

First Extract Second Extract
Prospero is in control of the action. He even slows the pace down at one point to suit his own ends. He could be compared to Shakespeare, moving the plot forward and molding events. Prospero watches from a distance and comments occasionally but does not interfere. It is as though he is part of the audience.
Ariel is present at the beginning. Prospero uses magic to prevent Ferdinand from using his sword. Ferdinand seems to submit very quickly at the end of this extract, as though magic may have had some part to play. There is no sign of magic in this extract. The setting is very ordinary as Ferdinand carries logs to Prospero's cave. Any "magic" that exists is in the form of the power of love.
Both Ferdinand and Miranda seem bewildered by their feelings. Ferdinand and Miranda are bursting to reveal their true feelings to each other.
The tone changes quickly within this scene that contains violence and anger. The tone remains calm. This is a very moving scene.

Once you understand how the audience should feel, you can decide how you might direct particular parts of the play.

  • Answer the question you have, not the question you would like.

  • Make a short plan.

  • Use PEE.

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