My Mother said I never should
Charlotte Keatley wants the staging of her play to be very simplistic - My Mother said I never should introduction. She expresses that she wants no sofas or chairs in the performing of her play. For scene 9, which contains Doris and Margaret, Doris would be on one side of the stage and Margaret on the other to show that they were in different places. If we were able to use a backdrop we would have two living rooms split down the middle. The right side would be decorated in a quite old fashioned way to suit Doris. The left side would be more modern according to the time period.
Doris’s side of the set would be decorated in quite dull conservative colours, to represent her mood and way of life; Whereas Margaret’s side would be slightly brighter. If we had the choice of using a stage I would probably use a proscenium arch stage so the audience feel that they are looking in on the conversation in the two living rooms. For scene 10 everything would be scattered around to give a sense of open space. Again if we were allowed to use a backdrop it would be of a garden fence with the landscape of Manchester behind it, to give the feeling of being outside.
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We imagined Doris to be an old lady who was still clinging on to her youth and did not yet consider herself an old lady who sits down and does the knitting! We saw her as up standing member of the community who had her wits about her which is why we did not wan to make a caricature out of her. We didn’t want to use the stereotypical view of old women, the rollers in her and the hunch back figure. Although I did observe the old women who get my bus to pick up characteristics, I noticed that old women sit with their legs apart to support them and though they can walk they still grip their back, which I tried to do.
For Doris’s costume was a long skirt cardigan and top to match. Margaret wore a blouse and a long skirt but the colours again of Margaret’s were more colorful and more modern to represent there personalities. Also even though the clothes were roughly the same but different style it was to show the different ages yet that they were both grandmothers. Margaret is in both scenes 9 and 10 so she has to wear an out fit that is suitable for both. Also to show that there has been a time change her outfit should have changed slightly. This could have been done by wearing a shawl or hat and doing her hair in a different way.