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Directing Act 3, Scene 5 In Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" Act 3 Scene 5 is a crucial part of the play. It is the scene in which we see Juliet abandoned by all of her allies: Romeo, her parents and, to a certain extent, her nurse. It is also a scene where many of the themes of the whole play, such as fate, marriage, individual freedom and day and night, are developed. The scene is hectic and contains numerous exits and entrances. It sets the pace for the rest of the play and the audience should feel that the lovers' time together is running out. It is my role as director to bring out the full dramatic potential of the scene in my cinematic version. I will focus on the part of the scene where Juliet and her parents are present, as I think their relationship is crucial to this scene. In the first part of Act 3 Scene 5, before Romeo leaves, Juliet and him are in Juliet's bed. The bed is surrounded by a canopy, a symbol of their relationship; cocooned together but not protected from the outside world. The lighting will be warm - like a sunset or sunrise shining through the curtains, again playing on the idea of night and day. Soft background music can be used, luring the audience into the dreamy state the lovers are in. ...read more.


She then says out loud to her mother "'til I behold him dead // is my poor heart, so far...". When Lady Capulet tells Juliet about the arranged marriage, she should put her arm around Juliet and sit down on her bed with her. This shows she cares for Juliet and wants her to be happy. When Juliet speaks lines 105 and 106 she should seem a little cautious, showing the audience she is not used to conversations such as this with her mother. Juliet's fear increases at line 111. When Lady Capulet tells Juliet of the marriage there should be a long silence and a big close up of Juliet's face trembling and pale. When Juliet speaks lines 116-123 she should not raise her voice, but as she speaks start to silently cry. At this point the audience should feel huge sympathy for Juliet. When Lady Capulet speaks lines 124-125 "Here comes your father, tell him so yourself; And see how he will take it at your hands." Lady Capulet should not look at Juliet but speak them quietly, as she is shocked at Juliet's response and thinks she is being extremely ungrateful. When Capulet enters with the nurse he should open the door quietly and pop his head round before coming in. Lady Capulet should stand up, to distance herself from Juliet and show respect to her husband; the nurse should follow Capulet in. Capulet should then sit down next to Juliet and speak his lines caringly. ...read more.


Lady Capulet is across the room, detached. After Capulet's exit Juliet gets up slowly and crosses the room, slowly, towards her mother, pleading with her "Delay this marriage for a month, a week". She should reach her mother as she speaks her last line. Lady Capulet puts her hand over Juliet's mouth and pushes her head against the wall. This sudden, unexpected violence adds to the drama of the scene. Lady Capulet then speaks her lines coldly and exits. In the last, shortest part of the scene, the lighting should be gloomy and unflattering. Out of the window, the audience can see rain. There should be no music, only rain sound effects, adding to the lonely feeling of this part of the scene. Juliet has stopped crying by this point and seems grimly determined by the end of the scene. The nurse should seem close to Juliet and comforts her. When the nurse speaks line 217-225, where she tells Juliet it would be best to wed Paris, she should seem convincing but when she hugs Juliet at line 225 we see a close up of the Nurses face and she looks worried, showing the audience she does not believe her own words. After the nurse leaves, Juliet is shown in a medium long shot. This makes her look very lonely and reinforces the idea that she has been abandoned by all her allies. Juliet's determination should show most in the last line, "if all else fail, myself have the power to die." Jennie Cade ...read more.

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