Theater Review

by Christian Sorensen


Skammerens Datter (The Shamer’s Daughter)

We never go to plays in our class, but this one was spectacular. Skammerens Datter has a very good story to it. It defines what a play should be, good script, fantastic actors, and a great set. These factors are crucial in a play, and this play showed it extremely well. Everything that you would anticipate with a play was in it, and that just made it an engaging and interesting performance.

This play is situated in the middle ages, and everything really lets the audience know that. The costumes and props are old and the knight costumes really lets you know what time period you are in. All of the costumes are high quality and matched the actor and the scenes very well. The amount of props used wasn’t that much, but the way they were made was phenomenal. I especially loved the dragon. That was without doubt one of the best thing about the play. It had all the characteristics a dragon should have, furious, frightening, and large. And it was homemade! But apart from looking like a giant lizard it was phenomenally made. This brings me on to the next topic, set and technology. It was a fantastic stage, with all the bells and whistles you could imagine. It had small hatches on the stage floor where numerous actors came out, and doors could be stood up in few seconds. I also thought that the way they made a room was brilliant. They slid a light projector down a cable and made it shine so it would form a room. This was a very creative way to do it. Overall the set was very well made, with everything you could imagine being there. The actors had also created their own instrument which had drum sounds, sounding like you were in a horror movie. I thought this was very creative instead of just having a pre-played soundtrack shouting out from the speakers.

I also enjoyed the body language which the actors expressed. They were very smooth and easily seen. I especially liked when Dina, who is the main character in the story, looks into the person eyes, which she is trying to get the truth from. I liked it because she shows a lot of body emotions and language, by telling the audience and her “suspect” that she means business. The actors and writers also expressed the language and feelings very well. It was easy to understand what was going on and what the plot was. The actors were also amazing, and I think they fit the roles very well.

The reaction of the audience was a bit like my reaction. We were quite surprised to see all the work and effort that had been put into it. It was very breathtaking and they used all of the stage equipment in the best way they could. Personally I thought it was a very good play. All that had to do with a play was definitely in it, and it kept the audience on the edge of their seats the whole way through. I would give this play a 4 out of 5. I give it a 4 out of 5 because I thought there was a little too much singing, and when I think of plays, it doesn’t really have a lot of singing. I also wish they could have made one in English for some students who don’t understand a lot of Danish. Overall I really enjoyed this play, because it has all the factors that a play needs to have, and it’s very easy to understand.


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