The Finale

  • If you were commissioned to design and direct a production of Twelfth Night, where would you set it? What would your Illyria look like? What would be your take on each character? What costumes, music, and special effects would you want?

I think the production would be sitting on the fence between completely real, and completely imaginary. I think that Ilyria would be gorgeous with white sanded beaches bordering a mountainous island, that both Orsinos and Olivias castles would be on the top of, and below them on the grassy, steep mountain is the rest of the village/town. So it kind of shows a heirarchy, by which can be rated depending on where you live.

Each character would have something odd, or special about him, even if it isn’t some as major as a healdess person it would be something can suits the character but also makes you say, remember them by that trait. So for instance feste might have extrememly large feet like a clown, so when he jumps around in his playful character it really brings it out, while someone like Orsino will have a very large head, because he thinks so much of himself, and Sir Toby’s tummy would be beyond a beer belly, and Malvolio would be really tall with a massive nose in which he can look down on everyone, with and sort of snooty approach because he thinks he is above people like Mand Sir Andrew.

Their costumes wouldn’t all be colourful, but for someone like Feste,it would be so like red,yellow,orange,green,white all sorts of random colours whereas Orisno would like to keep his self respect would wear a rich,navy blue to sort of match his personality in which says “I am handsomer and richer than you all.” Maria would wear a very light shade of red because she is kind of a mellow character but she still has some things up her sleeve, and then Viola and Sebastien would both wear the same colours (though with different outfits so you can tell them appart.) and would be yellow because it is a neutral colour, and then Olivia would wear gold because of her social and economic status.

I would have music according to what is happening in the scene,  like the funny sword fight scene would have a small tune playing in the background that makes the sword fight funnier, and when maria is explaining of her plan about Malvolio it will be dark,conspicous music, which will suddenly change when mavolio comes out, to a romantic and somehow funny tune.

  • How would you get each character off the stage in 5.1? Think about where they are going and how they feel. Do they stop and shake hands with other characters? Do they slink off or run off? This will be the last time the audience sees them. What impressions do you want to leave?

I think that the snooty uptight person Malvolio is he will rush off in the huff, and the rest of the cast will still be on stage, then Sir Toby claps Orsinos shoulder in a friendly way, and they are all all laughing and in the back there will be the house where you can see into the windows, and so they will all walk back all reunited and as friends into the house and will be visible through the windows, and feste will be talking to the audience as all the other characters drink and talk inside, and as he reaches his last line, they will all push open their windows and lean out as a big group, laughing and smiling, with their glasses held high, and after Feste finishes his speech he will raise his glass to the audience, and then the curtain will drop.

Relationships within the Twelfth Night

This is a map of the characters and their relationships in Twelfth Night.

This is a relationship between the characters of Twelfth Night.

Sebastian is the twin borther of Viola.

Antonio is Sebastians friend

Orsin is madly in love with Olivia, but the feeling is not mutual.

Viola is madly in love with Orsino.

Cesario is the messenger for Orsion.

Orsino thinks that  Viola is a man (Cesario.)

Maria is the gentlewoman of Olivia.

Sir Toby and Sir Andrew are best friends

Fabian is Olivias servant

Maria likes Sir Toby as a friend

Feste is Olivias fool

Maria hates Malvolio

Malvolio is the steward of Olivia

Olivia is Sir Toby’s niece

Sir Andrew is the suitor countess to Olivia

Valentine is the courtier of Orsino