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Imagine that you are a film director. Explain how would you direct Act 1, Scene 5 (the feast scene) of Romeo and Juliet.

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By Ihtesham Haqani 11A Imagine that you are a film director. Explain how would you direct Act 1, Scene 5 (the feast scene) of Romeo and Juliet. Act 1, Scene 5 is probably one of the most important scenes in the play. This scene is significant because Romeo catches sight on Juliet on the dance floor, and is immediately attracted to her. They both meet up in this scene. This scene also illustrates the beginning of Romeo and Juliet's love. At the end of this scene the audience would be feeling broken hearted and sad, because they know that Romeo and Juliet are both going to die someway. The audience know this because it is mentioned in the prologue that " A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" This means that Romeo and Juliet are going to die for each other. In this scene Romeo gatecrashes the Capulet's party at the Capulet's house. The reason for him gate crashing this party is because he was in search of Rosaline. Romeo is seriously attracted to Rosaline. Instead of finding Rosaline, he notices Juliet and is attracted to her and deeply in love with her. This is called love at first sight. During this party at the Capulet's house Tybalt spots Romeo gate crashing the party and gets really furious and irritated. This makes Tybalt very heated and so he wants to take revenge and kill Romeo for good. Lord Capulet does not allow Tybalt to kill Romeo because he does not want the party to get ruined. Another reason for Lord Capulet stopping Tybalt to kill Romeo is that Lord Capulet has heard that Romeo is a well-respected person. Romeo and Juliet get to kiss twice. Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet from her nurse and Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague. This makes Romeo think twice on what he is doing because the Capulat's and the Montague's are enemy families. ...read more.


I will now describe the fancy dress costumes for the main characters. I would want Lord Capulet to have a long cloak from his shoulders up to his knees with gold patterns around it. He would be wearing a gold crown to show that he has power. Basically I would want him to dress up like a king. This costume would be very expensive and delicate. He would also be wearing expensive gold jewellery around his neck, wrist and fingers to show that he is rich like a king. I would like his cloak to be a dark colour to reflect his personality, which is powerful, rich and aggressive. I would like him to make the audience think that he is the king of the house and family. "Am I the master here, or you". This quote tells us that he is obviously the master here and no one can mess with him. This quote is the reason why I want him to dress similar to a king. I would like Tybalt to be dressed up like a soldier or a vampire to show he is a fighter. The colour of the costume would be black and red to indicate evil and blood. Tybalt is a violent person and acts like a gangster. He carries guns, which tells us that a soldier costume would be suitable to him. "This, by the voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy". This tells us that Tybalt is a very aggressive and inpatient character. He wanted revenge on Romeo without thinking and wanted to kill him. "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin". This line means that Tybalt thinks it's not a sin to kill Romeo for the honour of the Capulet's family. This shows us that he is a very aggressive and forceful person. ...read more.


Another important scene for lighting is when Romeo and Juliet kiss. I will have fireworks going off in the background. This will indicate to the audience that this is an important part in the scene. It will give that striking feeling of two members of enemy families kissing. This will be a shocking moment. At Lord Capulet's party the lighting will be very disco type. The lighting will be flashing through different colours to give a party feeling and atmosphere. These lights would liven up the party. I am now going to describe the music for the feast scene. There would be slow, peaceful music playing, as the guests would enter the main hall. The music will then stop when as soon as Lord Capulet starts his main welcome speech. When the guests start dancing the music will come back on, and this time faster to create an exciting and disco type atmosphere. I think that this would be a good intro to the party. This will make he audience feel delighted and thrilled. When Romeo and Juliet meet, the music should slow down and give a romantic and warm feeling. A good song for this moment would be Enrique Iglaseus's 'HERO'. This is a love track where Enrique Iglaseus does anything to get close to his girlfriend. But something comes in his way, which is the girl's father. He tries to be a hero for his girlfriend just like Romeo is Juliet's hero. This song would signify to the audience that they are deeply in love with each other and in tune as well. By the end of my direction of this scene, I would like the audience to feel focused and entertained both at the same time. I would expect them to be feeling sad and sympathetic because by now they would know how deeply in love they are, and from the prologue they would know that there love will not last. Hopefully, they won't get bored and would be excited to see what would happen next. ...read more.

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