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“Romeo and Juliet is immortal through the poetry of the lovers meeting”. Imagine that you are responsible for directing the play.

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GCSE Coursework Essay Romeo and Juliet By James Dick "Romeo and Juliet is immortal through the poetry of the lovers meeting" Imagine that you are responsible for directing the play. How would you present these two scenes (2.2 and 3.5) on stage to fully capture the intense love between the two characters and the poetry of the two scenes? I am going to approach this essay by going through the two scenes, and commenting on how I would present each part. Firstly Act 2 Scene 2; this is the balcony scene where Romeo serenades Juliet with wondrous poetry. When he first sees Juliet you can see he is admiring her as he says on lines 2-3: "But soft what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." For this opening of the balcony scene, I would fade in light throughout the scene as to simulate the sun rising. I would have Romeo wearing a tunic suit, as from Shakespearean times. Juliet would wear a green grown, as mentioned in the scene. ...read more.


For clothes, I would have Juliet dressed up in a posh nightgown of some description, Romeo would be wearing his undergarments but quickly changes into his tunic suit when he must leave. The maid would be wearing a maid's uniform, and finally the Capulets (Lord and Lady Capulet) would both be wearing very posh, rich clothes as to suggest their wealth. I would have the lighting quite bright at first as to simulate daybreak. The scene begins with Juliet trying to convince Romeo to stay. A good example of this is on the first two lines of the scene: "Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. It was the nightingale, and not the lark," Obviously before this I would have the call of the nightingale. In the script it says Romeo convinces Juliet he must leave for his own safety, however I would adapt this to say he is leaving for her safety as to enhance the romantic nature. At this point the nurse enters and tells Juliet that her mother is on her way. ...read more.


When he does, he also assumes she is mourning the death of Tybalt, however Lady Capulet informs Capulet of the situation, that Juliet will not marry Paris. As Capulet's rage grows, I would have the music reach a high tempo and then peak at the height of his crescendo and end on a sudden note at the height of his rage, and possibly have Capulet punch a wall or something. As Capulet rants and raves at Juliet as a disgrace to the family, the nurse looks on in horror, she tries to reason with Capulet but to no avail as he threatens to hit her. Although not hitting her, he does say she may not live under his roof should she not marry Paris. Her mother backs up this statement on lines 202 and 203: "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee." After her parents leave, Juliet talks to the nurse who informs her Romeo will probably not return, and that the sensible option would be to marry Paris. After the nurse leaves Juliet says she shall see the Friar and get a potion from him. I would have the music calm and fade out after the Capulets leave. ...read more.

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