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What structures and devices would I incorporate in my own productionof "Romeo and Juliet" [Act II. Scene II.].

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What structures and devices would I incorporate in my own production of "Romeo and Juliet" [Act II. Scene II.] I have chosen to do a modern version of "Romeo and Juliet;" it will be set in the 21st century. I have decided to use all the language in the original play but create my own settings, use up to date clothes and a collection of music. I am going to relate to the text and use my own interpretation of the text to present the balcony scene (act2 scene2). I have chosen to set the balcony scene in a theatre as I want to make sure that my ideas are purely my own. I feel that the recent version of "Romeo and Juliet" (featuring Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes) would influence my ideas if I'd decided to run my production as a film. I also feel that it's more challenging running "Romeo and Juliet" as a theatre production as I've never seen a proper stage production of the play. Since the nineteenth century, Juliet has been portrayed as an archetypal, ruined virgin, a na�ve, innocent, young beauty who has been ravished before our eyes, first by life and then by death. Juliet is a spirited, lively girl with a mind of her own. She has even been described as a 'mellow dramatic, heroine' as she plays her life as if she were watching it on stage. After researching Juliet's character and looking at different ways in which people have interpretated her character, I have decided to use the stereotypical 'nineteenth century' Juliet. I believe that it's very important to keep Shakespeare's characters as he may have imagined them. ...read more.

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My desired atmosphere is crucial for the balcony scene. Romeo shall wear a prince's outfit. A gold crown and a white, long, cloak with shining, gold, armour underneath. This is to symbolise his position as Montague's son. It also gives us the stereotyped version of a Prince. A Prince who fights for his princess, he has much charm and elegance about him. Although I want to incorporate music in my production, I don't feel that the balcony scene actually needs any music, as the silence and pauses between characters will create an exciting atmosphere, as we wait in anticipation, just in case Romeo gets caught! Although I have decided that there will be no music in the scene, I have enclosed a CD, which contains various, modern, tracks which I have considered for different scenes and which have inspired me. The first track on the CD is called "clubbed to death," and is by an artist named Rob Dougan. It is a very atmospheric piece of music, which I felt could be used to show the hatred between the two households, and to show the way in which they tore the lovers apart. I would use this piece of the music to present a fight scene maybe, although I feel that the track is too long, so I would probably half the time it ran for. When I first heard the track I imagined a dance-drama, a contemporary piece of dance showing how the families led Romeo and Juliet to their fate through their hatred and bitterness. I think a scene like this with this piece of music would be extremely affective, especially if I was going to do a dance or musical version of the play. ...read more.

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He is absolutely mesmerised by her stunning looks. Romeo: I profane with my unworthiest hand/this holy shrine, the gentle sin in this/My lips two blushing pilgrims ready stand/ To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.../...O then dear saint, let lips do what hands do. /They prey; grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. Romeo speaks this to Juliet when they first meet. He uses religious imagery to show how (idealising Juliet) innocent and beautiful Juliet is. He almost sees her as superior to himself and demonstrates this by saying things like "With my unworthiest hand." He calls Juliet a "Saint." This seems to make the gap between them bigger. It almost adds to the fact that they are Capulet, and Montague. Also notice how Romeo is looking up to Juliet, as she is right up in the gallery. Romeo sweeps Juliet off her feet with his charming, witty wordplay, and Juliet; she takes it all in. They both present very confident, eager, characters when they first meet, considering that they have only just met! This displays how unrealistic this whole play can be and how youthful the characters are. Shakespeare turns what could have been an over the top, teenage, mellow-dramatic play into one of the most compelling romance and tragedy's anyone has ever written. The fact that the whole play is over the top and unrealistically romantic makes you want to read it more! This is again why I feel that modern day versions of Shakespearean plays do not work if the language has been altered, as this is what makes his play so magical. His use of language (oxymoron's, wordplay) brings the whole thing to life and has everyone gripping on to the edge of his or her seat. ...read more.

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