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Shakespeare's 'balcony scene' (Act 2 Scene 2) is renowned throughout the world. Given the restrictions of the Globe Theatre, how might Shakespeare have directed this scene to appeal to his whole audience?

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Shakespeare's 'balcony scene' (Act 2 Scene 2) is renowned throughout the world. Given the restrictions of the Globe Theatre, how might Shakespeare have directed this scene to appeal to his whole audience? Act 2 Scene 2 is a well known scene in the play Romeo and Juliet. The theatre that the majority of Shakespeare's plays were ad still are performed is called the Globe theatre. It was open in 1599 and is shaped as a wooden 'o'. This obviously causes restrictions because of the stage being towards the centre, the audience who are seated at the sides would possibly be unable to see the productions clearly. The Globe seats approximately five thousand people and one thousand of these are groundlings - the people who stand in front of the stage. The layout of the Globe would of effected how Shakespeare directed the play so you have to take many things into account which makes it more challenging. You will have to involve more poetic and symbolic language so the audience can understand what's taking place on stage; costumes will also play a very important part as they will help the audience be aware of what the characters are saying and how they feel towards each other (I.e. ...read more.

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Romeo gets this message across by saying, 'Had I it written [his name], I would tear the word.' To show he has come out from listening secretly, he needs to make quite an entrance. Before, he could simply tucked away but visible from the audience and when he steps out to say he loves her back, he needs to make it obvious that she can know see and hear him. He will be looking up to her and using hand gestures going from his heart to her. Juliet begins to get concerned about Romeo's thoughts. She begins to question him about whether he truly loves her as she loves him. Juliet says, 'Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say 'Ay'.' This means she knows that he would say yes to her question. Juliet wants a simple understandable answer to her question; she does not want any answers that are full of oaths. This point is told to the audience will as Juliet announces, 'O gentle Romeo, id thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully.' The reasoning behind why Juliet wants an equitable answer is because she is worried about what Romeo will think; is she too forward or not? ...read more.

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At the Globe theatre, all plays have to be performed during the day because at night, the audience will be unable to see the actors on stage. Because of this, Romeo will have to enhance every word that is about the night time so the audience knows when about in the day it is set. In conclusion, there are many different factors you have to bear in mind when directing the play. The most important thing is the costume as they easily put across the message of what Romeo and Juliet think of each other. The positions on the stage are significant too. Juliet needs to be raised and placed in her balcony so the crowd gathered, know that she takes the initiative in the relationship and also helps them imagine her as Romeo's sun and his angel (these figures are in the sky and above us all). Ideally, there should be no props or backgrounds on stage because this scene is all about the two main characters and having props will only draw away the audience's attention to the actors. There are certain words and phrases that need to be enhanced due to the lack of lighting and because they set the scene and the atmosphere. ...read more.

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