“Master Harold” … and the boys by Athol Fugard

Fourie, Paula (2020). “Master Harold” … and the boys by Athol Fugard In: Younger, Kelly (ed.) How to Teach a Play: Essential Exercises for Popular Plays (pp. 235-238). Methuen Drama 10.5040/9781350017566.ch-069

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The exercise leads students to understand the symbolic meanings that both music and dance convey in “Master Harold" ... and the boys. Through it operates very subtly in the written script, music plays an important role in the performance of the play, as a suggestion of harmony that is lacking in an apartheid-dominated society. Frequently referred to by the characters, and often approximated by them, music is clearly something longed for as both a salve for their current problems and a vague but promising hope for the future. When the sound recording finally is heard in the concluding moments of the play, we witness how music plays a transformative and even magical role that goes beyond the scripted words. Similarly, dance functions as a physical response to the music. As embodied creativity, the ballroom dancing is in stark contrast to the enforced bodily labor that ordinarily constitutes Sam and Willie's daily physicality. Students engage in dance-like movement in this exercise to perceive the differences between movement in service to someone versus movement in collaboration with another.

Item Type:

Book Section (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute Interpretation
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute Interpretation > Intersection of Contemporary Music

Name:

Fourie, Paula0000-0001-5652-7029 and
Younger, Kelly

Subjects:

P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
P Language and Literature > PR English literature

ISBN:

978-1-3500-1753-5

Publisher:

Methuen Drama

Submitter:

Paula Fourie

Date Deposited:

14 Dec 2020 11:09

Last Modified:

14 Dec 2020 11:09

Publisher DOI:

10.5040/9781350017566.ch-069

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/13549

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