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Act 1 Scene 5 The great Hall in Capulet's mansion

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Act 1 Scene 5 The great Hall in Capulet's mansion In this essay I will be instructing from the point of the director. I will be directing my own version on Act1 Scene 5 from Shakespeare's famous tragedy. The performance will be held in a theatre and must be accessible to the audience, at the same time showing my originality in setting the scene. Act 1 Scene 5 is an extremely important scene in the play; Romeo and Juliet first meet in this scene. In this essay I will talk about lighting, scenery, props, actors, stage setting, special effects, how the ideas and emotions will be conveyed to the audience through the actors. Shakespeare's play was set in Verona in the 1500's. The story is about a pair of star-crossed lovers. Two teenagers in love despite the fact that their families have been enemies for decades. The play includes fighting, misunderstanding, tragedy, humour, and beautiful poetry. Two powerful families the Montague's and the Capulet's have been feuding with each other for years. Old Capulet, Juliet's father, throws a party. Montague's are not invited, but Romeo (persuaded by Benvolio) sneaks in uninvited. Inside Romeo's attention is stolen by Juliet. Romeo falls instantly in love, but is disappointed when he finds out that Juliet is a Capulet. Juliet notices Romeo too, but she is unaware that he is a member of the hated Montague's, until she is told by her nurse and thus starts the pain and tragedy that will follow through out the play. I have decided to set my version of Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 in Russia 1946 under Stalin in the city called Leningrad. This setting would not work throughout the whole play but in this scene it works well. The scene concentrates on the Capulet family as well as the meeting of the two lovers. I have decided to focus on the meeting of the two lovers and make Juliet's 'strict' father into a dictator to emphasize how protected she is. ...read more.


There conversation ends as the focus changes to Romeo in the centre of the stage. All the guests do not notice Romeo and are in the background carrying on with the party oblivious including Capulet who is miming laughter. Romeo's character; Romeo is young and romantic. He falls in love often. His eyes are wide open when he enters like he is expecting something to happen. His face is open also and expectant. Clear skin and tousled hair he seems always chasing something. He is popular with the girls and with his male friends, he is favoured by his mother and has a free spirit and is always day dreaming exactly how we stereotypically expect a 'Romeo' to act, this stereotype did come from this character. The way he loves Juliet is frantic and passionate, he says romantic things and speaks in verse through out his cheeks are blushed to portray his excitement. This is the first time we see Romeo, a mask covers his face, tousled hair, feminine lips and a tall figure are all we see of him. He wears smart evening wear. We see him in a clearing watching Juliet. She is dancing further off. He watches her for a few minutes and the focus is on her dancing with a few people and her smiling radiantly all the time. The lighting is at its most bright at this point. After a few minutes she carries on dancing but Romeo begins to talk half to the audience and a Red Guard at the same time, he seems in a dream likes stupor and sounds far away in the clouds when he asks who she is that he has been watching. The Guard doesn't give him any useful information but he doesn't seem to be listening as he launches one of the main speeches of the Act. Spoke in verse (he is a main character) ...read more.


the floor in a dead posture she lies there still when they exit and the lights go out and the curtain is drawn down. I choose a ballerina because it is a highly skilled art especially in Russia, The way the dancer moves can reflect the feelings well throughout the play to make it easier to follow; it also makes everything seem more dramatic. I have used the lighting to represent the changing seasons of loves mood. How bleak and cold it was at the beginning without love or feelings for one another. The spring grew more prominent outside the window as they met and felt there were more of a purpose in life with each other and the anger and confusion at the end, Especially Juliet I think feels fate has made a fool of them. Both of them are teenagers with raging hormones. The weather is those hormones, quickly changing light and dark moods. The spot lights used are to show that what is happening under the spotlight should be the focus of attention. There is almost an argument going on which the Lovers win. The Adults control the heat and light inside the house; they can turn down the heating and light up the fire, but outside the forces are controlled by the feelings of Romeo and Juliet. They are trapped in a world controlled by the adults and the weather scenes outside show how they feel, in the end they win all though they don't know it, Juliet's emotions are stronger than her fathers control so when the lightning flashes outside which is her feelings, it puts out all lighting in the hall and sends the whole place into darkness. Her storm is still going on outside the windows even at the end which means nothing is resolved she is still angry. Which is why the Ballerina is knocked out; she show's the more sensitive, innocent side to Juliet which is gone now she is so driven by her feelings. ...read more.

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