• 2020-2021 Season,  Illusionary Tales Turn of the Screw

    Filming Day for Turn of the Screw

    by Makenna Johnston, dramaturg “Pay no attention to the [film crew] behind the [fire] curtain.” Dramaturgy work is not limited to the stage; dramaturgs are needed in film as well.  Because of the multimedia nature of The Turn of the Screw, I was able to attend a filming day for some of the pre-recorded scenes. I made sure to attend the day when the most gore and violence would be filmed, because, like those in the Victorian era, I have a fascination with the macabre.   Filming took place on the Pardoe stage behind the fire curtain. This created a dark, rectangular space for the cast and crew to work…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Illusionary Tales Turn of the Screw

    Post Mortem Photography

    by Makenna Johnston, dramaturg As you can see in The Turn of the Screw, the Victorian era was shrouded in death. Complications from industrialization, as well as high disease and infection rates, caused high mortality rates, especially in younger demographics. Because of this, the living found comfort in one of the most fascinating mourning practices of the Victorian era: post-mortem photography.  Due to the high cost of photography during the Victorian era, post-mortem photographs were often the first, and only, photographs families had taken of their loved ones. The mourning would commission a daguerreotype or a photograph taken by a long-exposure camera. Long exposures when taking photographs meant that the…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Illusionary Tales Turn of the Screw,  Uncategorized

    Interviews with the Student Devising Team

    by Makenna Johnston, dramaturg In a ‘special projects’ theatre class held between January and March of 2020, four students and their professor began devising a show. Their devising team? David Morgan (professor), Clara Wright, Mikah Vaclaw, Sten Shearer, and Dylan Wright. Their source text? The Turn of the Screw, a novel by Henry James.  Though the team’s original devising process was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, aspects of their invaluable contributions to the production live on. Each student deviser’s unique perspective about the story and devising process are explored below. Clara Wright  Our professor David Morgan had the idea to create a devised piece of theatre to take…