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How would you direct Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet for a contemporary audience?

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Mohammed. Rashid 11.2 How would you direct Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet for a contemporary audience? The hardest thing to do is make Shakespeare's words and his story relevant to today's viewers. What I mean is that it is hard to get the viewers to connect to the story. You'd think they'd get into a story about the doomed young lovers who are thwarting family and feud to fulfill their love for each other, but unfortunately just overcoming the language and difference in culture, traditions and behaviors from Shakespeare's time to today is difficult. But having modern versions of Romeo and Juliet around makes the play more understandable for example the Baz Lurman's version of the film which was a modern version of Romeo and Juliet is much more appealing to this young audience. They can relate to the guns, the modern clothes, and cars scenes in the movie. By watching this updated version we have viewers who finally see what was going on behind the language and different culture. They can relate what Shakespeare was writing to things that go on in their own culture. This movie makes Romeo and Juliet relevant to a current secondary school student's concerns, problems, and ideas about life. ...read more.


fast and as soon as it stops the stage will go dark for a couple of seconds, and maybe a scream or two throughout the dead scenes of the play which will drop the audiences hearts. As I said before these techniques build up tension amongst the audience. The costumes will be based on wild western clothes in which I mean a large hat, a plain colored shirt, a waist coat worn over the shirt, a jean trouser with an extra layer of leather on top of the jean preferably brown. The prince will be wearing a long white fur coat which will show to the audience he is a man of fairness and peace. The opening scenes of act 3 scene 1 will be the entrance of Benvolio and Mercutio with their hand on their hats and they are walking across the stage with difficulty, the sound on the backstage will play a windy weather, the weather calms down and they sit outside the vandalized bar. Mercutio becomes bored the audience can tell that because the Mercutio stares at Benvolio for a minute and the stage goes quiet, suddenly the audience's hearts are awakened by a screaming vulture, Mercutio starts to laugh. ...read more.


The stage will go dark and lifeless, a horse's roar will bring back life in the stage, Tybalt will enter the stage, and he will be out of breath, Tybalt will sit on a bench, he will be looking left and right constantly. Romeo will enter the stage Tybalt will hop up and start walking backwards, Romeo will draw his gun faster than lightning and shoot Tybalt, and the sound of the gun will be maximized. Benvolio enters the stage and sees Tybalt on the floor dead, Benvolio will start to panic and a fast repeated music will play, Romeo will be told by Benvolio to flee, so Romeo leaves the stage running. The prince, Capulets and Montagues enter the stage, the Capulets will stare at the Montagues and their facial expressions will change to angry and furious expressions, the audience will get a clear view of the situation of the hatred and feud between the two families. The price will stand in the middle and say Romeo will be exiled out of Verona, the lady Montague will be shocked and will burst into tears, Montague will look down on the floor and leave the stage in a shame. The Capulets will leave the stage in joy, here Act 3 Scene 1will come to an end and the Curtains will drop down. ...read more.

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