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Directions of the Act 3 scene 5, from line 139 to end, of Romeo and Juliet for the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, with focus on the relationship between different Generations.

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Lacy Beare 11.15 Directions of the Act 3 scene 5, from line 139 to end, of Romeo and Juliet for the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, with focus on the relationship between different Generations. My production of Romeo and Juliet at the Marina Theatre will be a mixture of, traditional sixteenth century language with a few alterations for the 21st century audience, as it is essential that the audience appreciate the meaning of the play. It will contain a more contemporary approach to their costumes and the relevant set requirements. My interpretation of this production for a more modern audience will be acceptable, as Shakespeare drew on an earlier version of Romeo and Juliet. Act 3 scene 5, shows Juliet being informed of her arranged marriage to Paris. In Shakespeare's day audiences wouldn't have questioned Capulet's actions as, fathers had the power to make or refuse marriages. It was also very male dominated in all respects, so they would often arrange a marriage for their daughters with a male from a suitable family in order to confirm or increase the social standings of their own family. ...read more.

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This is also a sense of dramatic irony as the audience knows that Juliet is not crying over Tybalt but she is actually having a night of passion with Romeo. The scene opens in Juliet's bedroom with her on her bed centre stage, from the girly interior it shows to the audience how young and dependent she is. Juliet is looking shocked by her mother's news, her mother being to the left and the nurse to the right of the bed. Capulet enters right of stage, he has a cane as an aid of support, he stands quite close to Lady Capulet and he delivers his first line. He would be stunned with the reply from Lady Capulet "I would the fool were married to her grave", and puzzled, he then responds gently with "Soft..." as he clearly thinks this is harsh. Although when Juliet tells him that she doesn't want to marry, Capulet doesn't understand so "chopt-logic", would be changed to "nonsense" when Capulet delivers the line "Out you baggage", he pushes her backwards with his cane forcing her to tumble off the bed, now on her knees she pleads with him "Good father...". ...read more.

Conclusion

In this final speech he gives Juliet an alternative, that she either marries Paris or she refuses and is rejected from her home and by her family. Capulet exits without looking back. Juliet is left sobbing on the stage at her mother's feet, as she then begs with her "Cast me not away", before Lady Capulet exits she gives a look of disgust and replies with her last line, she departs from the stage abruptly. Juliet has now been abandoned by both parents although not one of them asked her why she was against marriage. Not many people believe in arranged marriages anymore, so it is unlikely that the audience at the Marina has someone in it who does, but arranged marriages still exist in some cultures around the world. Hopefully my production will remind the audience that there should be communication between the generations, and that older generations should listen to younger people, this is involved with moral and social reasons and should be followed to avoid tragic consequences, such as in Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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