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How would you produce act 1 scene 1 (Including prologue) of Romeo And Juliet To bring out the full dramatic qualities Of the written text

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Gabriel Clark How would you produce act 1 scene 1 (Including prologue) of Romeo And Juliet To bring out the full dramatic qualities Of the written text The opening moments of 'Romeo And Juliet' bring out many dramatic qualities for the audience. The inclusion of several vital elements such as the use of language, strong characters and-of course- conflict. When 'Shakespeare' wrote 'Romeo and Juliet' he had severe restrictions on stage; his lighting came from the sky and that was the only effects he could use, he had limited props and because of a law banning women from the stage he could only use male actors. Because of this it is obvious that my version of 'Romeo and Juliet' will be severely different to 'Shakespeare's' as I have many more resources at my disposal. If I were to stage a production of 'Shakespeare's' 'Romeo and Juliet' I would set it in two rival schools either side of the stage... When the curtain opens the whole stage will be blacked out. Then, a member of the cast (who is playing a teacher) ...read more.

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However, in my production the costumes would be more elaborate with more care to design so that the outfits worn by the actors would not only portray the 'side' but also their character within the play. After the prologue the cast will exit the stage and at the same time 'Sampson' and 'Gregory' will begin their conversation. Whilst speaking they will leave the stage and walk behind the school wall that segregates the front of the stage from the back of the stage (We will be able to see them at the back of the stage through windows in the wall). 'Gregory's' line 'Draw thy tool! Here comes two of the house of Montagues. Is the cue for Abraham and Balthasar of the Montagues to enter. They too will be behind the wall and can also be seen through another window. As the riot commences the wall will rotate, moving the actors to the front of the stage and the rest of the cast will join in to highlight the importance of conflict. This device will show how fights can escalate and will be symbolic of the 'schoolboy' hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets. ...read more.

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However, in my production Romeo would be dressed in a more extravagant garment so as to highlight his significance from the moment he is seen by the audience. As the conversation between Romeo and Benvolio unfolds Juliet will cause dramatic irony by walking across the front of the stage and looking through one of the windows. Romeo and Benvolio will be oblivious to their audience of one and as Romeo tells of Rosaline's virtues Juliet will leave the stage. "I'll pay doctrine, or else be in debt" Is the last line of the scene and Benvolio recites it with great Venom. Then as the two actors on stage look through the windows and through the audience the lights dim and the scene ends. This production is obviously very different to the way it would have been performed in Shakespearian times. But with technological advances and changes in the law allowing women to act it is easily possible and should bring out all the dramatic qualities of the first scene of Rome and Juliet. ...read more.

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