Module A - Distinctively Visual

The Shoehorn Sonata

Focus of the module

How composers use distinctively visual ideas and aspects to explore important themes and ideas.

Our focus is on the ways that John Misto enables us to visualise certain ideas throughout his play, The Shoehorn Sonata.

Putting it all together...

Focus on the meaning of the play, as explored through the themes. It's your job to link these themes and ideas with the distinctively visual elements


The play is about the atrocities of war and the effect it has on those who experience it -->

The reality of war is brought to life through projected images, sound effects and dialogue = analysis of the play.

You need to give an example of the specific projected images that demonstrate this theme eg the starving prisoners and the bombing of Singapore. Eg the dialogue when Sheila reveals what happened with lipstick Larry.