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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet How would you direct act three scene five of Romeo and Juliet at the marina theatre? How would different generations react to an arranged marriage? In this essay I'm going to be directing the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. This play, along with many others written by Shakespeare were written in 1589-1595. For this reason I have chosen to keep the traditional time period of the play to the 15th century Renaissance period, because I feel it was intended for this era. I will be directing just a small proportion of this play, act 3 scenes 5, and instead of directing it at the marina theatre I'm going to direct it at the Theatre Royal in Norwich because I have seen the play performed there and think it is a more appropriate location. I think it is more appropriate because haven already seen it directed and performed there it will help me a great deal in how I choose to direct mine. I am also going to write about arranged marriage and how the attitudes towards it have changed over the years . ...read more.

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They are reaching for each other looking deeply into one another's eyes." nights candles burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops . I must be gone and live, or stay and die". Staying with Juliet would result in Romeo being caught by the Capulets so he leaves. Juliet staring into his eyes, then looking away as his eyes creep over to hers ," I have more care to stay than to go" she is comforted by Romeo which is emulated through his facial expression and tone of voice. Nurse enters Juliet's bedroom with hast looking around and then focusing on Juliet. She stands up looking guilty. Romeo now leaving would wander around stage for a while ,until his two lines at lines 58 ,where he would then exit slowly .Juliet's mother enters Lady Capulet ,this would put the audience in shock and will then loose the feeling of being safe in the environment Romeo and Juliet are in. Lady Capulet gives the impression to the audience she doesn't have time to waste and is quite snappy .The audience should feel this mood change , with Juliet's voice and the way she is trying to speak words at lady Capulet But very little interest is shown. ...read more.

Conclusion

On stage therefore is Capulet, Juliet, Lady Capulet and the Nurse .When the characters are speaking I would direction the light exposing the characters talking and the other character in the convocation and dim the other's .This decreases confusion of the plot and creates better understanding. In Lines 205-241 Juliet's turns to nurse ,she knows that nurse cannot help change their decision but looks for advice from her ,"O Nurse, how shall this be prevented . The mood is now at a calming non pressured pace. The lighting will reflect this, with mellow yellow blues dimmed slightly; this will suggests that Juliet has a better relationship with nurse. Conclusion The scene that I have studied pays close attention to the fact that in the 15thcentury arranged marriage was very common , Upper and lower classes can be identified just from these few short paragraphs in the scene the feeling of expansion of there ever growing wealthy family is distinct. I think people of an audience now wouldn't except this .If we were in the 15th century you would expect there to be a normal reaction amongst the crowd .People have changed significantly in the last 400 years our lifestyle and values are different, I think this play carries this hidden message if you like. Yet it is a typical 15th century play write by Shakespeare. ...read more.

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