Visual, Spatial and Aural Elements

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Joe Orton uses one set only in his Play Loot; McLeavy’s living room. The house appears to belong to a typical middle class family. The first visual effects should make the audience immediately understand that they are seeing a house in mourning. What a stage director must consider is the necessity of some visual elements that are essential to make up the stage for any production of the play “Loot”. The most important elements needed are a coffin, a sofa and a cupboard.

The coffin is essential because it is containing the body of the deceased Mrs. McLeavy, and the cupboard is supposed to be quite visible since it is an object containing something mysterious, which we later on discover contains the money. The sofa is necessary because it is used by the characters throughout the play, and it is also a common element that can be found in a living room. An important theme of this play is religion. Joe Orton uses the McLeavy family as an instrument to criticize the Catholic religion.

It is very important for some religious objects to be present on the stage, in order to show the McLeavy Family’s worship for this religion. For example, a stage director might decide to hang a crucifix and some pictures of famous religious figures on the stage. Another extra touch a stage director might want to include on the stage is a few roses bouquets, in order to back up and show even better Mr. McLeavy’s excessive and ridiculous love for flowers.

The roses would be a materialization of Mr McLeavy’s wish “to keep Mrs Mc Leavy’s memory green”. Spatial Loot is a very active play, as there is a lot of action going on in it. Because of this, the set should be well spaced out, allowing the action, which is one of the things that makes this play even more amusing, to take place. For example, in Act I, the actors interpreting Dennis and Hal need space to remove the loot from the locked cupboard and placing it in the coffin, while removing the corpse from the coffin, and dumping it in the cupboard.

If there is not enough space between the furniture, the actors might be handicapped in their actions, which is risky as this could reduce the comical effect of the scene. Aural Loot, even though is quite a visual play, does not need much aural elements in it. Probably some basic recordings could be played to make the story more realistic, such as church bells, car horns, and a doorbell. However, the director might chose to play some music in some crucial scenes in order to bring out even more some comical effects.

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