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Directing Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo And Juliet

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Introduction

Bhupesh Mistry Directing Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo And Juliet The Play 'Romeo and Juliet' written by the famous playwright William Shakespeare, who lived in the Elizabethan era, the play was also a product of his tragedy period which consequently is the period in which he wrote many of his greatest plays. The play 'Romeo and Juliet' to many was his greatest tragedy. The play was written in the year of 1594. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, He was born on 23rd of April 1564, and was the eldest child of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden whom in total had 8 children, it was rumoured that he died on his birthday in 1616, although this is not confirmed. Shakespeare was and Elizabethan playwright whom had allegedly wrote in total 37 plays, although many argue on this matter so a definite total has not be decided. One may also acknowledge him as one of literature's greatest influences of his time and present day. In the Shakespearean era there was no form of entertainment electronically (TV). So in order for the play to be seen they were performed on stage to a wide audience range from peasants to the richer classes. The Globe Theatre; also known as the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, was not only one of most famous playhouse's of all time, but also the playhouse where Shakespeare performed many of his greatest plays. Globe Theatre, which was co-owned by William Shakespeare, had become almost as famous as the playwright himself. The stage lay in the centre of the cylinder shaped construction; the people who could afford the prices sat around the sides where as the peasants stood directly in front of the stage. Romeo and Juliet are based on two lovers from two different and incompatible families, Montague's and the Capulets, who hold an ancient grudge against one another. In order for the two unite, the lives of the two teenage lovers must perish. ...read more.

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The lighting will help emphasise the two lovers relationship by making it seem as if they stand out from the rest of the world. During this period of the scene the camera will be on a crane at a high angle aimed directly at Romeo who will be holding Juliet in his arms for the last time. At the point before Juliet begins to speak I will have the camera lowered back to normal height and have a mid shot of Juliet and Romeo. The midshot will be close enough to show the expressions on both Romeo and Juliet's faces. The expression I will use on Juliet's face will be a miserable look. This is because; she is upset at the fact that Romeo has been exiled from Verona, Juliet is also not sure is she will ever see her love again. The expression on Romeo's face on the other hand will attempt to portray a reassuring look, which is trying to comfort Juliet. Through out this specific part of the scene Romeo will be holding Juliet in his arms preventing her from bursting into tears. At the point in which the nurse enters the scene; wearing the traditional maids outfit; "MADAM!" I will have the camera go to a high angle very quickly; I hope this will create a tension within the room because of the quick movement. At the moment of the nurse's entrance through the door, Juliet will spring to her feet. Seeing this Romeo decides it is time to leave; he will run to the window saying 'fare well'; but will then stop and come to Juliet for one final kiss. When Juliet hears that her mother is coming, from the nurse's mouth. "Your Lady mother is coming to your chamber" The camera will go into a close up of Juliet who will be using a confused expression; this is because I feel that Lady Capulet has never given the attention that a mother would usually give to a daughter. ...read more.

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Lord Capulet as in the play he portrays a lot of violence as well as during the rest of the play plays a fathers role. Diana Venora - the reason I have chose her as Lady Capulet, is due to her performance of Lady Montague, this time I feel she will be able to adapt easily to the role of Lady Capulet. Whoopi Goldberg - due to the nurse's slightly comical and motherly role I feel that Whoopi Goldberg would be able to act as the nurse perfectly, this is because of her role in sister act where she performed as nun. Kirsten Dunst - she will be able to play the innocent role of Juliet as she has stared in many teen movies, given her experience in playing her part. Toby Maguire - I have chosen him to play the role of Romeo as his age can be used to realistically perform as Romeo. In conclusion to my assignment I feel that I have learnt many things such as; How to direct a scene and the terminology used in directing. Also I have learnt how to analyse a scene in more in-depth detail. Also I have learnt about dialogue used and the language of the play. I can also conclude that the play 'Romeo and Juliet' has a lot of contemporary relevance to modern day societies. The relevance is in terms of Love and Hate. These two themes are often used in many modern Hollywood film productions. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell a sweet" I feel that this quote sums up the pointless grudge between the Montagues and the Capulets. The quote also links together the prejudice they had in their era and also some, which is still around today. The grudge has caused many unnecessary upsets within the city and also lives were lost. As I believe that whether you are Capulet or Montague you are human so you are equal. ...read more.

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