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Imagine you are the directing the play Romeo and Juilet. How would you direct Act 3 Scene 1?

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Imagine you are the directing the play "Romeo and Juilet". How would you direct Act 3 Scene 1? Romeo and Juliet is a Romantic Tragedy about two rival families: the Montagues and the Capulets. The two families have many arguments and fights which cause chaos in Verona. Romeo (a Montague) sneaked into a Capulet party and there he met Juliet (a Capulet) they fall in love but know their love is forbidden. They secretly see each other and with only Friar Laurence and Juliet's nurse present they get married. The conflict between the Montagues and the Capulets persists. Tybalt, a Capulet who saw Romeo at the party beats Romeo but Romeo does not fight back as Tybalt is secretly his family. Mercutio (Romeo's best friend) witnesses it and tries to stop Tybalt but in doing this he himself is murdered. Romeo after seeing his best friend murdered seeks revenge and kills Tybalt. Prince enters the scene and announces that Romeo is exiled but not executed as Romeo did what the law would have done. It's this particular scene, act 3 scene 1, that I will be focusing on. The Play would have been acted in the Globe Theatre, built in 1599. At the start of the scene in which Benvolio says: "I pray thee good Mercutio, let's retire. ...read more.


Shakespeare has made Mercutio say it on his own to add emphasis on how he is feeling and on what is happening to Romeo. It shows that Mercutio is watching is anger and disgust of Romeo's pathetic presense. In my opinion, this part the lights should dim and a yellow light could shine above Mercutio to show his disgust and then to red to show his anger. Mercutio tries to help Romeo but in doing this is fataly stabbed as he stumbles along in agony, he says these last few words: "A plague on both your houses". Mercutio is saying a curse on both your families as it's the conflict between the two families that have caused his death. Shakespeare has made his repeat it many times so the line stands out and so Mercutio's death is remembered. For this scene Mercutio should have a spotlight on him and look across the the crowd standing around him with his voice getting louder the more times he says it. In addition, sad music should be on quietly in the background. Romeo tries to help Mercutio and tells him that he can't be hurt that much Mercutio answers: "No, tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door, but 'tis enough... ...read more.


It is important that in this speech we notice the sevienace of his punishment and how it will affect Romeo and his love for Juliet. It makes their love which was once just forbidden now almost impossible as it will cause Romeo to be killed. Shakespeare has made sure Romeo doesn't just get a slap on the wrist as it keeps the audience engaged and guessing. It is impossible to predict what will happen in the next few scenes. Also notice in Princes speech that it is Rhyming. This is to add effect and make it stand out from the rest of the piece. I feel for this line Prince should stand with a crowd around him and as he tells his speech look upon the crowd as if to make sure they're all listing and understanding. In conclusion, you can clearly see how my directions for the play would differ to the original performance may it be by lighting, actors and actresses tone of voice, volume or positioning. As you can see Act three Scene one is full of action and tragedy. Deaths of some very important characters and brilliant use of language by Shakespeare. My stage directions would emphasis the core themes of the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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