Michael Frayn Essays

12th Grade

Noises Off

In 1970, Michael Frayn watched from backstage as actors in his series of short plays stumbled through doors, raced across the set, and managed their own drama in between scenes, a view which became the inspiration for “the funniest farce ever...



Margrethe’s character in Copenhagen mirrors the inherent complementarity and uncertainty in the play. Frayn uses Margrethe’s character to catalyze events in the play, analyze the meeting between Bohr and Heisenberg as an ideological conflict, and...

10th Grade


In Spies by Michael Frayn, the description of Keith as Stephen’s ‘best friend’ does not suit him nearly as much as the ‘officer corps in [their] two man army. Keith is very obviously depicted as pushy, bossy, dominant and a bully on some...