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such as McDonagh can harness the brutality and violence associated with torture to create an impacting and humorous experience for audiences. When workshopping this scene in class, the tension between Padraic and James was broken by the sudden loud ringing of “ the cellphone in Padraic’s back pocket” This interruption halted the actor playing Padraic centre stage and was met with laughter from the class as it was unexpected and re-introduced a sense of realism into the play. McDonagh provides moments throughout his play in which audiences are allowed a moment of reprieve from the bloodlust and can reflect upon the brutality and confronting material being presented onstage. In a production of scene nine by the Belvoir Street Theatre Company, it became apparent how the actors use the language of the play to effectively convey its messages to their audience and encourage laughter as a method of coping with its dark themes. The actors onstage harnessed the light- hearted conversation between Davey and Donny, using the line “I think the two guns is overdoing it. From that range like.” to create laughter within us as their audience. When experimenting with the staging of scene nine, my class researched methods implemented by other theatre companies to effectively present the “Tarantino-sized torrent of red stuff” (Lee Tran Lam, Belvoir Street Theatre) as Brendan and Joey were “hacked into sizable chunks”. The Belvoir Street Theatre Company created fake blood from detergent, making cleaning easier for “the poor lackey that cleans up afterwards”
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  • Fall '19
  • Theatre, Adam, Martin McDonagh

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