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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 Director Notes You will be playing the part of Romeo in my adaptation of Act 1 scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet'. In order to play the part effectively it is vital that you understand a number of things about Romeo's character and the play and how I wish you to act the role. To summarise the narrative so far you need to understand the themes presented to the audience in the first Act of the play. The themes have been tragedy, fate and love. Throughout the first act the audience have explored the setting of the play which is in Verona, a romantic, catholic city that strongly reflects many of the key themes in the play. Information regarding the characters, location, period of time and family life necessary to effectively understand the play in its true context. Shakespeare's England was Elizabethan England and therefore the audience should be aware that the play will be reflective of the period of time it was written in. ...read more.


The emphasis on family honour explains why Tybalt is so quick to react angrily at Romeos presence at the masque: "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin". You gain access to the Capulet celebration by disguising yourself as a pilgrim. Pilgrims, to show their faith made long journeys to the shrines of the Holy Land. They brought back palm leaves as proof of their visits, and so were known as 'palmers'. When acting the role of Romeo you should explore his responses to the circumstances of the play, which will give you an insight into his character and motivations. Romeo is a young member of the Montague's a noble family who are in high social standing therefore you would have good manners and a good education. Romeo has a dramatic response to his feelings towards Juliet when he first sees her and his language is an example of hyperbole which demonstrates the passionate and impulsive side of his character which I would lie you to portray when acting the role. ...read more.


. You are a member of the Montague's a high standing aristocratic family. You family is in a quarrel with the Capulet's, a noble family which has been going on for generations. You don't want anything to do with the quarrel and keep out of the battles. You are depressed by your unrequited love for Rosaline. You think of Rosaline as a swan beautiful, graceful, and elegant but Benvolio can see the other side of her as a swan haughty, aggressive and arrogant and beyond your reach. When we look at the language Romeo uses talking about Rosaline we can tell that he is acting how he thinks a courtly lover should, it lacks depth and uses lots of oxymoron's loving/ hate, heavy/ lightness, sick/health and so on so. He is confused and being artificial. You go to the masque hoping to see Rosaline In scene 1 act 5 when you meet Juliet your conversation is written as a sonnet that were popular and highly esteemed activity in the Queen Elizabeth's court. ...read more.

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