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Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 Scene 5 - How would you choose to direct Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

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Danny Emerson English Gcse Coursework Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 Scene 5 -How would you choose to direct Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? This scene starts with Capulet making his grand welcoming speech. I think that classical style music should be playing throughout this scene to show that this is a ballroom dance from the start. However, the music should quieten when the welcoming speech commences. The first line of this scene, "Welcome, Gentlemen", should be shouted like an announcement. It should be a warm announcement with large outward hand movements signifying his welcoming of the guests to his premises and his dance. The actor portraying Capulet should be much exaggerated at this point, as he is at his happiest and wants the atmosphere to be cheery also. Once Capulet's speech has concluded, he reminisces with his cousin about past times. This should be read to set the environment and activity in this scene. The lines, "Tis more, 'tis more, his son is elder, sir; His son is thirty." "Will you tell me that? His son was but a ward two years ago." These are vaguely showing that the atmosphere is friendly and the characters are looking back. It is setting the scene. This is until Romeo can be seen. He should be highlighted on the stage using lighting but whilst still being able to see the rest of the attendees clearly. ...read more.

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When Tybalt explains, "Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe", I think Capulet's reaction should be quite mixed because he still needs a question answered; whether this is an older member of the family or if it is Romeo. Capulet should ask quickly, "Young Romeo is it?" this will clear up all doubt in Capulet's mind and he can return to his original state as he entered. Tybalt answers him with, "'Tis he, that villain Romeo", this must be said spitefully with emphasis on the word villain. This will help the audience build up Tybalt's character as a nasty man and yet remains loyal. Capulet has yet another monologue after Tybalt has made his point; however, this monologue is persuading Tybalt not to attack the likes of Romeo. Capulet calls him a "portly gentleman" who has "well-governed youth". He does not see Romeo as a threat, unlike Tybalt. He then goes on to 'moan' at Tybalt saying that he must "show a fair presence" and "put off these frowns", and even calls him "an ill-beseeming semblance for a feast". He must be getting rather annoyed with Tybalt, and this must be shown by the use of facial expressions and physical gestures. Tybalt disagrees with Capulet's comments and goes on to say "I'll not endure him". Capulet should snap his reply back to Tybalt by saying "He shall be endured". ...read more.

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He must be pitied by the audience when he says "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! my life is my foe's debt." He must walk away and yet still try to catch a last glimpse of Juliet at any opportunity. As he is about to reach the door Capulet stops him and invites him to a "trifling foolish banquet", but Romeo must whisper in his ear. The whisper must be unheard to the audience. Capulet thanks Romeo for coming and lets him go on his way. The rest exit the stage apart from Juliet and the Nurse. Juliet is curious to find out the name of the person she has fallen in love with. "Come hither, Nurse. What is yond gentleman?" When the Nurse replies it would look good to have the same expression from Juliet as seen on Romeo when he found out the identity of Juliet. When the nurse says that "his name is Romeo, and a Montague" Juliet should collapse over a nearby banister and cry out her rhyme: "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth to love it is to me, That I must love a loath�d enemy". This rhyme is spoken sombrely and after the Nurse assists Juliet away from the empty hall. She is heartbroken and this should be evident. The Nurse must be trying to console Juliet as the two exit the scene. BY Danny Emerson 11XF ...read more.

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