Shoe-Horn Sonota and A Mother in a Refugee Camp

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"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...