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In this essay I will be directing act 3 scene 1 in the illustrious

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In this essay I will be directing act 3 scene 1 in the illustrious "Romeo and Juliet" written by Shakespeare. This segment of Romeo and Juliet will be intended for a contemporary audience at the infamous globe theatre. In this essay I will be covering a number of points e.g., I will talk about the differences of the audiences from 1590 and an audience of today, the story, staging of the play and about the characters. Act 3 scene 1 is one of the most important parts in the play; there are numerous things which arise: Tybalt comes across Romeo's friends Mercutio, and Benvolio in a public square whilst they were searching for Romeo. It is also a very hot day and they are easily provoked, tempers then fly and a fight arises between Mercutio and Tybalt. Romeo then enters the scene as they fight. Tybalt tries to provoke Romeo into fighting, but he has just married Juliet and was in a joyous mood, so Romeo does not retaliate to his insults. ...read more.


On the stage to show the difference I will use the costumes. Each family will have there own costume, this will make it clearer to the audience and will also implement a divide between the two families. My direction of this scene would also need to demonstrate the significant themes of "Romeo and Juliet." Some of these are violence: "Prince, as thou art true, for blood of ours shed blood of Montague." love: "my lips, two blushing pilgrams, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss", hate: "Let Romeo hence in haste, Else when he's found, that hour is his last." Fate: "O, I am fortune's fool!" In act 3 scene 1 the theme of violence is particularly prominent. This is seen throughout the scene. The globes unique stage, props, music and lighting can all be used to emphasise certain parts of the play. Firstly the stage of the globe theatre is in close proximity to the audience therefore I would try to create an interactive relationship with the audience, this would get the audience more involved. ...read more.


This is obvious as he greets Tybalt with a great welcome and handshake. His costume should look very good and smart as he has just married Juliet, his gestures should be very friendly while his facial expressions should always be happy however, as the action continues and Mercutio dies he should be filled with rage and the audience should see this. Tybalt, the Capulet enemy, plays an interesting role in this scene as he is seen as the villain the audience may even feel sympathy towards him when he is dying however, ultimately it is Tybalt who kills the much loved Mercutio the actor should portray him as a confident, fierce, arrogant and impulsive person. His costume should be a dark colour to reflect the malevolence of the character. All in all I have made many different changes to the play; I have made adjustments to make the play more exciting and relevant for a modern audience. E.g. instead of the sword fighting I will use guns, the costumes will be more of a modern style etc. English coursework Akeel chaudhry 11dl ...read more.

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