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Directing the party scene from Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

Throughout the scene there are social, historic and cultural influences. The social side of the scene is the party where there is a certain code of behaviour. Social etiquette dictated that the male would address the woman in a polite and civil way because there were at a masked party, which at that time was seen as socially acceptable. The historical influences are shown in the scene because of the two feuding families. At that time this was not uncommon and would last for a considerable time. Culturally it was customary for people who attend a party uninvited to perform a dance by way of introduction. It was not unusual for the bride to be significantly younger and therefore Romeo was suitable for Juliet although there was a large age gap between the two. Music should be melodious, romantic and dreamy allowing Romeo and Juliet to seem separated from the rest. The themes of love hate and fate are captured throughout this scene. The theme of love is shown in the scene because both lovers are foes yet they ignore all the hate between their two families and choose one another love for each other. ...read more.

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It creates suspense because the audience is uncertain whether Juliet will pursue her love for Romeo even though she knows about the feud between the two houses. Another way in which tension is created is that although Juliet knows about Romeo, Romeo is oblivious to the fact that Juliet is a Capulet. The interlude where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time follows the classic sonnet form. We decided to move this section to after the part where Romeo expresses his feelings about Romeo in a soliloquy. It seems entirely appropriate that their exchanges of love should be so aptly presented. The rhythm and tempo of their speeches provide intensity to their work. This would have been very well appreciated by a Shakespearian audience as sonnet writing has very popular at the time. There is religious imagery used in the sonnet which makes their union seem holy. Although Juliet is very young she seems remarkably calm and controlled. Towards the end of the sonnet Romeo tried to be evasive so that he didn't appear too keen in wanting to find out about Juliet's identity. The Shakespearian audience would be engrossed in the sonnet as they were extremely superstitious about heaven and fate. ...read more.

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We felt that music should be melodious, romantic and dreamy allowing Romeo and Juliet to seem separated from the rest. We would have played music when Romeo and Juliet first meet, the music used would be soft calming and soulful. One idea of music we could use is Desiree 'Kissing you'. This music would be used to express the love between the two characters. There would be complete silence when Benvolio speaks is soliloquy to show that Benvolio is expressing his inner thoughts whilst the whole scene is frozen. When Tybalt and Capulet start to argue loud drumming music is played to contrast the love music played earlier. Throughout love and hate is contrasted in the play and this is what should take place with the music. At the end of the scene music will be played to express the cliff hanger ending creating tension. With the lighting during Benvolio's soliloquy the light will be focused on him while the rest of the stage will be in darkness. This will also happen when the two lovers are saying their sonnet; the light will be focused on them and the rest of the stage in darkness. Throughout the rest of the play the light will be evenly spread. Overall tension is created throughout the scene by the changes we have made and the soliloquy we have added. ...read more.

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