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How would you direct act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet for a contemporary audience at the theatre?

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How would you direct act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet for a contemporary audience at the theatre? Act 3 scene 1 is about Tybalt wanting to fight Romeo for something that happened earlier on in the play. What happened was that Romeo (Montague), who is in love with Rosaline, arrives at the Capulet's house party uninvited in an effort to forget Rosaline and to mend his broken heart. At this party he met Juliet, and immediately fell in love with her. He later finds out that she is a Capulet; the rival family of the Montagues. He decides that he loves her anyway and they confess their love for each other and they agree to secretly marry the next day. Friar Lawrence agrees to marry them in an effort to end the feuding between the families. Tybalt (Capulet) however does not know about Romeo and Juliet's love for each other but his reason for wanting to fight Romeo was for Romeo turning up at his family's party uninvited. ...read more.

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This would not only modernise the scene due to the bar but the colours of the beach like yellow and orange would emphasise the heat. Further on in the scene, Tybalt leaves after having killed Mercutio, one of Romeos best friends. Here, the backdrop should change because Tybalt has gone off stage and Romeo has gone to find him. The backdrop should show a road as it shows movement and suggests that Romeo is trying to find someone or something. The backdrop should then change to a town when Tybalt has been found by Romeo and this is where the fight should take place. The backdrop should not change from here on. The use of lighting in the play should be used in different ways when different major events are happening. Firstly, when Tybalt fights Mercutio in the heat the colours should be intense red. This not only emphasises the heat but also symbolises anger and all the characters are going to be hot, bothered and tempers will be raging. ...read more.

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In the play Tybalt should be wearing black to symbolise he is a bad character with an angry temper. Romeo should wear red to show that he is in love. If Romeo were to wear red this would also symbolise death which happens through the scene and later on in the play. Mercutio should also be wearing red throughout act 3 scene 1 to show is anger and short temper. Also Mercutio should be dressed in red to represent his death in the middle of the act. Romeo and Juliet as a play overall is a timeless classic with important messages and ideas about family honour and love. Through Act 3 Scene 1 we see the extent that families are prepared to go to in order to protect their family's honour and whilst looking at Shakespeare's script we are able to familiarise ourselves with many aspects of the play including the way the feud in the scene started. I feel that it is important that the original message that Shakespeare tried to convey through the writing of this scene remains the same. ...read more.

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