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Imagine that you have been asked to direst Act 3 scene 2 of Julius Caesar at the Globe theatre

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Imagine that you have been asked to direst Act 3 scene 2 of Julius Caesar at the Globe theatre Act 3 scene 2 is a pivotal scene in the play for a number of reasons. Firstly, it develops the growing conflict between the conspirators and Anthony. It creates the main division that ultimately leads to the ensuing war. It also introduces Anthony as a more powerful figure, as if he fills the vacuum that Caesars death left. From a directing point of view, it is a very hard scene to direct, as we need to keep the suspense and momentum created by the juxtaposition made by placing this pivotal scene right after the last highly charged and emotional scene. In this scene, I want to try and create an atmosphere of anger and emotion, anger first at Caesar during Brutus' speech and then at Brutus himself during Anthony's, the emotion is in a way not only the anger, but also the grief that the plebeians feel at the loss of their leader. Before the scene starts, a couple of actors in plebeian clothes take up places in the standing area close to the stage ready to divide the audience for when Anthony comes down among them. At the beginning of the scene when Brutus and Cassius enter, I would like them to enter through the main back door onto the stage and walk towards the plebeians. ...read more.


One point that I think Shakespeare is trying to show in this speech is the division between the masses and the monarchy. He is in a way recreating what is happening around him at the time with some people arguing for the monarchy and some against. I think he makes it very clear though as to what side he is on; he portrays the republicans, Brutus and the conspirators as having a very weak argument but just being deeply resentful for no real reason other than jealousy. When Brutus leaves he just goes straight backstage whilst Anthony takes up his place at the front of the stage. This shows he is trying to be more informal and friendly with the citizens by coming down near them (see diagram 4). When Anthony comes to the front of the stage, he has to speak in a calming and gentle way, as the plebeians are very angry at Caesar by this time. He should put out his palms as a gesture to quell the crowds shouting and begin his speech. "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears: I come to bury Caesar not to praise him" These lines should be said quietly; this is so the audience have to really be quiet so that they can hear him thus making sure everyone is listening. ...read more.


It is only while the citizens are shouting that he reminds them of the will, this is mainly to get them even angrier by showing them how good Caesar was to them. This sends them into a frenzy of anger against those who killed their great leader. They leave in a mass of shouting whilst carrying the body between them to the exit of the Globe. They can then take the body backstage by going around the Globe (see diagram 6). Because this is being performed to a modern audience, most of this speech and its meaning would be understood which allows the actors to be more subtle in their movements. But if this were to be performed to an Elizabethan audience, many of the people in the standing area would be largely uneducated, like Caesar's plebeians, and would need to be told more openly what Anthony was doing. This also reflects on Shakespeare's opinion of the commoners in his time by representing them as simple whilst the upper class are much smarter and can manipulate the masses. Overall, I hope I have been able to portray Brutus as a desperate man who badly needs the people on his side and Anthony as a quietly confident schemer who uses the suppleness of the plebeians to his advantage. Hopefully it still has the same tension and energy the previous scene generated and will keep the audience interested. Andrew Lamont 11RP/11P ...read more.

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