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Shakespeare's R & J is about 4 American Schoolboys who find a 'forbidden' copy of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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Adam Bulleid 12th September 2003 R & J Shakespeare's R & J is about 4 American Schoolboys who find a 'forbidden' copy of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The Strict boys start to read the book and re-enact the play by night getting more gripped by each scene. This was performed at the Arts Theatre in London by an all male cast. R & J is one of the longest running plays in New York ever. First Impressions - When entering the Theatre there were two chairs and a bench in the middle of the stage. The lights were alight on the stage and slightly brighter where the audiences seats were. Scenery - For the Scenery there is a white large projector screen at the back of the stage. Apart from this there was a raised stage to put props underneath and to allow easy access. The projector was used to create images of blood when the sword fights were on and images of rain andstarry nights. ...read more.

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Roles - The actors played several roles each. For instance while before a fight occurring one character would quickly change his opponents character and the scene and the attitude and overall characters feelings changed in an instance. Pauses - While some of the actors were acting centre stage the others still remembered to carry on their roles by acting in the background either by watching on and sniggering like school children would or by striking a pose to show their overall position. Formal/Informal - The actors idea on the lay changed as the play went on. At the beginning like schoolboys would when they were girls they mimicked them and made fun of their voices and their breasts but as the play went on the actors as the boys became more accustomed to the role and played the part more and more seriously. Audience - The audience was mainly students who did English and Theatre Studies due to I being a 'matinee' performance. ...read more.

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Lighting - The lighting was what controlled the mood of the play as when the play was getting sad the lights went dark but when the mood was relaxed the lights were dimmed. When there were drastic scenes the lights were tinted with red. The lights at one point were controlled by the actors with their torches to give a spooky exterior. Pace - The pace of the play overall was fairly quick due to the time but it slowed down and sped up. For instance when Romeo and Juliet had their love scene the pace was slow but when there were arguments the pace of the play was fairly quick. Approach - The approach to the play taken by the actors was one of the idea of conveying the play in a completely different way from normal by doing it from a kid's perspective. Characters - The 4 actors each had at least 2 characters to convey. The way they managed to completely change their role and their character at the flick of a switch was stunning. ...read more.

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