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As the director, my main aim for the production of Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 5 is to make the audience feel the drama, tragedy and power of the scene.

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Introduction. As the director, my main aim for the production of Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 5 is to make the audience feel the drama, tragedy and power of the scene. My other aim is to make Act 3 scene 5 the scene that the audience will remember. Throughout the scene I want the audience to understand how Juliet's feelings change and the way in which she reacts to the situation. I want the audience to sympathise with Juliet and experience her changing emotions. As director, I wish to achieve my aims by making this scene the most powerful and emotive of all. Juliet's emotions and reactions need to be felt and empathised with by the audience. There are several different emotions that Juliet experiences and reacts to and these need to be shown as clearly as possible because they are key to this scene. The Set and Stage. To the right of the stage there will be a balcony from which Romeo will climb down. Romeo and Juliet's goodbyes also will take place here. To the left of the balcony there will be a double door that enters into Juliet's bedchamber. Juliet's bedchamber will be placed to the centre of the stage. To the left of the stage, near to the front there will be some stairs; this is where Lady Capulet and Lord Capulet will enter. Most of the scene will take place in Juliet's bedchamber. Inside her bedchamber there will be a double bed towards the back/middle of the stage. The bed will be similar to that of a 'Royal Bed' with curtains and four bedposts which reach and connect to the ceiling. To the left side of Juliet's bed there will be a chest of drawers and standing on it will be a lamp that's dimly lit. To the right of Juliet's bed there will be a bedside table and on this will stand a glass vase containing some red and white roses. ...read more.


Lady Capulet's reaction is to threaten vengeance upon Tybalt's killer, Romeo, by promising to have him poisoned in Mantua. When Lady Capulet tells Juliet that she is to become a joyful bride for Paris on Thursday, Juliet is horrified and refuses to accept it. When Lord Capulet enters, Lady Capulet automatically hands over the responsibility for reprimanding Juliet for her refusal to him. This part of the scene shows how Elizabethan families interacted; the children were taught to respect and obey their mother and father. The father was the head of the household and expected everybody to do as he told them without complaint. During this part of the scene, the dialogue that helps the audience appreciate the drama between Lady Capulet and Juliet is when Lady Capulet comments on Juliet's apparent tears for Tybalt and says: "Wash him from his Grave with tears." This shows how callous Lady Capulet can be and that she ignores Juliet's feelings effectively telling her to get her act together. The responses that Juliet gives to her mother show the audience that she is playing with her words, for example in reference to Lady Capulet's threat to poison Romeo, Juliet responds: "To bear a poison, I would temper it." Lady Capulet thinks that by this, Juliet would make the poison stronger but the audience knows Juliet means that she would weaken the poison so that it wouldn't hurt Romeo. The pace during this part of the scene should be fairly quick. This will show the tension between Juliet and her mother. It however will not be as fast as the next part of the scene where the tensions rise further. During the dialogue between mother and daughter, Lady Capulet has opened the balcony door curtains and the balcony doors, which Juliet closed upon her mother first entering the room. The chamber will still be dim because it is still early morning. ...read more.


In the background there will be soft wind sound effects to show that Juliet feels very alone at this point in the scene. Juliet's Monologue. Juliet sends Nurse away with the words: "Go in, tell my lady I am gone, having displeased my father, to Lawrence' cell, to make confession and to be absolved." She vows never to trust Nurse again and decides to go and seek some help from Friar Lawrence. Juliet feels devastated that Nurse has betrayed her since she had supported Romeo and Juliet from the beginning by delivering messages and arranging their marriage. Now, all Juliet can feel is loneliness, betrayal and confusion over Romeo, Paris, Nurse and her parents. When the Nurse leaves the scene, out of Nurse's hearing Juliet calls her a "wicked fiend" and asks herself whether it is worse to reject Nurse or have Nurse dispraise of Romeo: "Is it more sin to wish me thus foresworn, or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue which she hath praised him with above, compare so many thousand times?" In this section of the scene, Juliet is still lying on the bed but has rolled over and is now lying on her stomach looking after Nurse, clenching her fists in anger and confusion. When Juliet says: "Ancient Damnation! O most wicked fiend." I want Juliet to say it loud and forcefully because she is saying it with such contempt and despair. There will be no sound affects during this section, except maybe a gasp of disbelief from Juliet. When Nurse leaves the scene, I would like her to slam the chamber door and make Juliet jump a little. Apart from Juliet's voice and gasp and the door banging there will be no other sound effects. The curtains on the balcony doors will stop moving and the birds will still not be singing outside. Just total silence for Juliet. At the end of this section the whole chamber will be pitch black, apart from the single spotlight, which is on Juliet at all times. Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 5 "Director's Notes" Emma Chapman 11c1 ...read more.

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