10241 Essay - Sam Payda
"Interesting views on society are conveyed by the distinctively visual."
The confronting realisation of situations that ordinary people are put into can be gruesome
and explicit. In both Shoe-Horn Sonata by John Misto and "A Mother in a Refugee Camp"
written by Chinua Achebe, Distinctively Visual utilises language techniques, projected
images and the physical acting on stage to create images in the audiences minds which
forces them to visualise the world that the composer is creating.
In the Shoe-Horn Sonata by John Misto, through the struggles of war the relationships that
are/have been formed are increased and allow for greater connection between one
another. Misto uses the distinctively visual arrangements techniques in a way that creates
a image that allows the audience to see the spiritual connection between the women in the
choir. The vivid imagery used by Sheila and Bridie as they recount the event of them
singing within the choir, as they sing they forget "We Forgot" the horrors of their
surroundings Sheila adds to the distinctively visual moment in the play as she begins to list
all the horrors they were going through. While on stage the projections on the screen,
when they mentioned "they were skin and bone and covered in boils" pictures of the
nurses and civilians were projected and another distinctively visual element that helps to
communicate the unity of the choir and allows them the women to forget the struggles of
the Japanese. The relationship between Sheila and bridie is shown visually to the
audience as a couple that doesn't get along, "Sheila looks at Bridie, but not with affection"
However when in the private hotel room past stories begin to arise. The most noteworthy
distinctively visual moment in the play occurs when Bridie was...