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Romeo and Juliet Assignment Act 1 sc.v Director's speech given to the characters of Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt and Lord Capulet

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Romeo and Juliet Assignment Act 1 sc.v Director's speech given to the characters of Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt and Lord Capulet Welcome to the Galaxy Theatre Company. I'm Davinder Bhamra and I will be directing you throughout this play. First of all, I am going to give you some brief information of the play so that you will be able to play each of your roles at your absolute best. As you know Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare who contributed a great deal to our literary culture, it's been 500 years since Shakespeare passed on and we are still reading and learning his plays, poems and sonnets today and that to me is very impressive. Romeo and Juliet is by far one of the most admired plays that Shakespeare has written and because of this, the play as been modified into similar stories such as 'West side story', 'II Novellino' and the narrative poem by Arthur Brook called 'The tragicall historye of Romeus and Juliet' in 1562, which Shakespeare had worked from. The play was performed at the Globe theatre in London in 1594 for the very first time. It was performed numerous of times, which made Romeo and Juliet an extremely successful story of the decade. When the play was first printed it had been nicknamed as the "bad quarto" because it had been written from somebody's memory, which was inaccurate. Then later the second Quarto was printed and entitled "The most excellent and lamentable tragedie of Romeo and Juliet", and this is the version, which is used by scholars today. ...read more.

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It's vital that this part is played with no links to anger or hate at that moment because Capulet is too excited about the banquet to be irate and that time is passing quickly. When Romeo speaks and Tybalt recognises the voice of the young Montague, this is where I want you to be a little concerned, in the play Capulet says "content thee, gentle coz, let him alone, A bears him like a portly gentlemen" to try and prevent commotion because of the Prince's threat earlier given to both Montague and Capulet. Capulet at this point does not want his banquet to be ruined. Sean you need to eventually build up anger towards Capulet's nephew, Tybalt when he refuses to listen to him and insists on fighting Romeo and says, "I'll not endure him". This part shows the battle between age vs. youth. Tybalt is the young, hotheaded guy who wants to begin a fight and Capulet's banquet, you have to show that you are mature and will not tolerate the disobedience by Tybalt by telling him to leave the party. The character of Tybalt is going to be played by you Chris. I know what you're capable and that's why I chose you to play this part. To play your part at your finest, you need to play this character with hatred for the Montagues, in particular Romeo, and to have aggression. Tybalt's character is like he needs to keep the feud between Capulets and Montagues going, he has to fight, there has to be violence when he's around or he can't survive. ...read more.

Conclusion

Then he talks to you about kissing you. Try to act like you want be kissed but since you're not able to take the first move, the tone of your voice should imply that you want be kissed by Romeo and for him to take the first step! Once you are actually kissed, you make the excuse that you took Romeo's sins so that you will be kissed again, this has to show that you have fallen for his love and especially when you say "you kiss by th'book". When you discover that Romeo is a Montague, both your reactions are similar. You're disappointed but it's too late because you have fallen for him. You have to show that you want to see him again by saying "my only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy." This scene is an extremely important scene throughout the play because it is where Romeo and Juliet see each other and fall in love for the first time. It also has Tybalt's part in the scene about him realizing Romeo is attending the party, without Tybalt's part in the scene; it would cut a strong majority of the play out and would make the play less interesting. Also if Romeo and Juliet hadn't met in this scene, there would be no play to act. So it is important that all four of you play your roles with pride and confidence. Thank you for listening and I hope that what I have said will help you play your roles well. ...read more.

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