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Shaw 1 Chris Shaw Prof. Comilang LITR 294 October 15, 2013 Response Paper #1 1. BEDLAM theater’s interpretation of Saint Joan was very close to what I had envisioned while reading the play. It stayed true to the text and did not add any curveballs like Measure for Measure by the Shakespeare Company did. I especially enjoyed how they portrayed Joan and the Dauphin. The only part I did not see coming was how close Joan and the Bastard were. The play was enhanced by its portrayals of Joan, the Dauphin, and Joans friendship with the Bastard. I envisioned Joan to be someone who straddled the line between crazy and inspiring which was how the play portrayed her. The actress seemed a bit crazy in her eyes when she would speak about voices coming to her, but those delusions also gave her power. She had the belief that the French could take back France for themselves. This belief while it may have been crazy, gave her the ability to inspire others. When she spoke about taking back France she spoke with passion that could be felt into the audience. The Dauphin was as equally uninspiring as Joan was inspiring, which was perfect for his role. He reminded me of a giant child who had for some reason been given control of the kingdom. His mannerisms were very small, like he had been put down his whole life. As Joan inspires him to become a king you can see the change in him but he still retains some of his childlike mannerisms. I envisioned him as man that would do nothing except if he is pushed, which was shown in the plays performance.
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