A View from the Bridge

Learning

Our learning resources are available to view and download for free by teachers wanting to support students' engagement - as well as to everyone else who is interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the play and production.

 

DESIGN MATERIALS

 

DESIGNER'S SKETCHBOOK

Research and inspiration used by Liz Ascroft, set designer for A View From the Bridge

SET MODEL BOOK

Pictures of the model of the set for A View From the Bridge before it is agreed and created for the stage.

VIDEO: MODEL SHOWING

Liz Ascroft talks through her model of the set on the first day of rehearsals.

 

CREATIVE TEAM INTERVIEWS

 

SOUND DESIGNER: JOHN LEONARD

Find out about the creative process for sound design, how to become a sound designer and other expert advice.

LIGHTING DESIGNER: PAUL PYANT

Find out about the creative process for lighting a production, what a lighting plot is and the importance of colour.

SET DESIGNER: LIZ ASCROFT

Find out how many times a designer reads the script, how she draws inspiration and the challenges of designing for a touring production.

 

VIDEO DIARIES

 

FINDING THE ACCENT: WEEK ONE

Voice coach Yvonne Morley talks about the importance of accents and dialects as she works when she visits the cast of A View From the Bridge in rehearsals.

MASTERING THE ACCENT: WEEK TWO

Yvonne Morley illustrates the specific qualities of the Brooklyn accent in Red Hook, where Arthur Miller's play is set.

 

EXERCISES FROM THE REHEARSAL ROOM

 

Exercises have been created from the rehearsal room. Some exercises require Context Sheets, which are available to download below.

 
 
 

CONTEXT SHEETS

 

TRAGEDY AND THE COMMON MAN:

An Essay by Arthur Miller (1949) [edited]

 

BRIDGE MOMENTS

 

To tie in with our "Bridge Moments" Creative Learning Project, in which students could win a £500 prize for their school, we asked members of the creative team to pick their key moments from the play.

 

THE DIRECTOR'S KEY MOMENTS

Stephen Unwin picks four moments, including the family meal, Marco and Rodolpho's first entrance and when Beatrice asks her husband Eddie why they're no longer having sex...

THE DESIGNER'S KEY MOMENTS

Liz Ascroft settles on three moments - including the pretend fight and the scene where the immigration officers arrive - and the motif set by the play's title...

 

THE SOUND DESIGNER'S KEY MOMENTS

John Leonard finds five key moments, including Alfieri's opening speech, the dancing and chair-lifting sequence, and Eddie Carbone's ill-considered call to the immigration office...

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR'S KEY MOMENTS

Nathan Markiewicz hones in on key quotations from the play, including "Are you my cousin?", "To promise not to kill is not dishonourable" and Eddie's speech about his sacrifices...

 

 

EVENTS

 

The following events are available during the tour, from March to May 2015.

To book, please see when we'll be where and then contact the appropriate theatre's learning department, using the email provided.

 

POST-SHOW Q&A

An evening post-show Q&A with members of the A View From the Bridge acting company. No booking is necessary, just stay on after the show.

PAGE-TO-STAGE

An hour-long onstage pre-show session specially designed to offer students a unique insight to the rehearsal process. Cast show how key moments of A View From the Bridge are brought to life.

IN-SCHOOL WORKSHOP

A 1.5 hour workshop exploring themes, relationships, staging and social/historical roots of A View From the Bridge. Delivered by the company in school or at the theatre during production week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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