Briefly outline your casting decisions for Nora and Christine and then explain how you would direct your actors in the re-union section on Act 1 in order to reveal the differences between the two characters.
When directing Act 1 to reveal Nora and Christine’s differences in the re-union scene, I would focus on the ideas of their physical appearance and the way they are dressed, Mrs Linde has independence and Nora is very dependent, Nora’s lack of concern for money and Mrs Linde’s thrift and finally looking at how Nora can be patronizing and Mrs Linde is subservient. Considering that the play was written in 1878 in the naturalist genre, I would direct my actors to perform in naturalism to reveal the differences between Mrs Linde and Nora, consequently creating a fourth wall between the realism of the play and the audience. The characters’ physical features are the first opportunity that the audience realise that they are very different to each other. To emphasise this fact, I would cast Nora as a petite (5ft5), blonde woman in her mid-twenties to convey the idea that she is still very young and doesn’t fully understand the values of certain things in life. Her appearance would also reflect this with her hair, having been recently permed, full of bounce resting on her shoulders. The traditional 1850 style would also be shown in Nora, with a long, expensive looking skirt, and a tight high collared shirt, revealing her tiny waist. This would then show the audience that Nora is still very young with noticeable features and can afford the more luxury side of life. On the other hand to Nora is Mrs Linde who I would cast as a tall, willowy woman, slightly older than Nora in her mid-thirties, to portray the idea that she is wiser, frail and has had troubles growing up. Her physical appearance would contrast to Nora’s by her grey-streaked hair in a bun and wearing a black, lifeless skirt with a typical 1850 high, tight collared shirt. While looking fairly similar to...
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