U11 – Research Plan

ce dUnit 11 – Research Plan
For my essay, I will look at pantomime. I have never been the best at writing essays, but now I have the freedom to write about something I am actually interested in, I look forward to it. But I will need a research plan to ensure that I remember what I need to investigate. Who will I need to talk to and when, a plan will just ensure I stick to my own deadlines and my essay structure is perfect.
Research Plan
Questions I’d Like to Answer:
– What is a pantomime?
– The history of pantomime and how its developed. Are we the only country who have it, if so why?
– What is Commedia dell’arte? What does Commedia dell’arte have in common with pantomime?
– Is pantomime still a popular production entertainment in this day and age.
Part two
I would like the points above to help widen my knowledge of pantomime and give me an understanding of the history, why it is such a successful stage production. I then want to go on with that knowledge and start to make my essay much more exciting not only for me but those reading. I have always wanted to be in a professional production of a pantomime one day in the future, so for the second part of my essay I would like to investigate what its like to be in a professional pantomime production.
I will need to find out:
I get the idea that when talking to my family about how much I would like to do a pantomime they seem to think it would be an easy job…….. As I know this is not true and there is a huge amount of work that goes into any production but especially a Christmas season pantomime. I think it is important that I reinforce how hard it really is and the amount of effort that goes into these productions.
– A current production near me that I can watch. I will need to watch a pantomime to get an understanding of the way the actors need to prepare to keep the stamina up every day during the time they are touring or in a theatre for.
– I would like to find someone who is in a pantomime or recently been in a pantomime. I would like to find out if they enjoyed the time they spent working on the production. What they had to prepare for there character. How they reserved their voice and managed to do the same performance everyday.
– The path they took to be in a pantomime. Have they enjoyed it and would they do it again?
As I imagine interviewing cast members of a production if it is possible I would like to video the interview and attach it to the essay. I will then use this to write about if my opinion has changed and what most excites or disappoints me about the information I have found out.

 I was blocked a rough and informal short essay to help when writing my formal and proper one. This is also only a section of the essay.

In this essay I will delve deep into the history of pantomime, I will find out if pantomime is still as popular today and if so why? I will explain if the idea of a traditional pantomime is still strictly true in 2017. The purpose of this essay will be so that I get a better understanding of this theatre genre.

It can be seen that = more academic style of writing

Pantomime has always engrossed me, I  have enjoyed many pantomimes over the years. As a child it was always one of my favourite things to do. What is pantomime? Well from my own understanding, pantomime is a theatrical entertainment, mainly for children but adults still thoroughly enjoy, there are normally some naughty jokes for the adults. Most pantomimes will include music and comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events also known as Slapstick comedy. The story is normally based on a famous fairy tale or nursery story. Pantomimes are normally produced around Christmas, most traditional pantomimes are similar and include most of the things I have listed, in an average production.  However in this essay I will try to explain if this idea of pantomime is still strictly true in 2017.

I would like to think if someone came to watch a British pantomime from another country they would find it rather strange, here’s why. The typical pantomime consists of audience participation. The audience are encouraged to boo the villain whenever he/she enters the stage. There is always a Dame, the Dame is a male dressed as a beautiful lady….  A dam in distress and the handsome prince charming who normally saves the day from the villain. There are lots of other peculiar characters but these are the ones that appear most frequently.

The audience when participation normally argue with the villain or the Dame. An arugment between the Dame and the audience might be the instructions to turn around ” He’s Behind You” and the reply of course “Oh No He’s Not”.  Where as an evil queen for example might be talking about how fair she is “I am the fairest of them all” the audience will reply with “Oh no you’re not!” queen “Oh yes I am” and it goes on and on. The end of a pantomime sees the villain defeated and true love is victorious, very sweet.

Firstly, I will talk about what defines pantomime, what makes pantomime different? Well I would like to argue that pantomime is different to any other type of theatrical entertainment, here’s why. The costume, only in pantomime would you see such a vast range of frocks, they really brighten up the stage. Characters, the humours and outrageous slapstick characters are really like no other, I think Panto is the only noticed theatrical entertainment that with opposite gender roles… . . Script, people don’t go to any other show and are expecting to shout back at the characters on stage. Recreation of stories, pantomime is brilliant for taking well known stories such as Cinderella, Mother Goss and Puss in boots, and adapting the storyline to make it into a comical Panto. Everything I have listed makes pantomime unique, but I think what makes it stand out from any other type of drama out there is the history.

Throughout the history of Pantomime, it has developed more than anyone anticipated. The English didn’t just come up with the idea. While doing my research I found out that it developed, the idea was influenced by an Italian tradition of theatre called Commedia dell’arte. Pantomime also developed through Harlequinade and Music hall.

What is Commedia dell’arte and how did it influence pantomime. When researching the history of pantomime I didn’t have much of a understanding of pantomime, the website Fraction of Fools gives me understanding that ‘Commedia dell’Arte began in Italy in the early 16th Century and quickly spread throughout Europe, creating a lasting influence on Shakespeare, Molière, opera, vaudeville, contemporary musical theatre, sit-coms, and improv comedy. The legacy of Commedia includes the first incorporated (i.e. professional) theatre company, the first European actresses, and many of the themes and storylines still enjoyed by audiences today.’ By using the website Fraction of Fools I got the understanding of what Commedia dell’arte is and the understanding that Commedia dell’arte has had influence on many theatrical forms but how did it influence Panto. Well using the website ‘The History of Pantomime’ I sourced the meaning of the word Pantomime it means ‘“all kinds” of “mime” (panto-mime).’