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Designing The Set For William Shakespeare' S Romeo And Juliet

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Designing the Set for William Shakespeare' s Romeo and Juliet I am going to look at each scene in which Romeo and Juliet appear
together in the play and describe how I would like the characters to
be presented on the stage. I will be including; the way they speak to
one another, there facial expressions, their gestures, their movement
and actions, there feelings, pauses and silences, the effect of the
language used on the audience, their costumes and where the scenes
will be set.

Romeo and Juliet is about two families, the Montagues and the
Capulet's. The two families are always fighting and after one
especially bad fight the Prince orders them to stop fighting or face
harsh consequences. The two families then agree a truce.

However at a party at the Capulet mansion Romeo (Son of Montague)
meets Juliet (Daughter of Capulet) and the two fall in love. But the
two of them don't want to tell their families in case of an increase
of tension between the two of them.

Romeo and Juliet then get married by Friar Lawrence without anyone
knowing. Unfortunately Tybalt (Son of Capulet) finds out and attacks
Romeo. Romeos friend Mercutio (who is homosexual) then tries to help
Mercutio but Tybalt kills him. Romeo then kills Tybalt in vengeance.

Romeo is then banished because he killed Tybalt and while he's away
arrangements are made for Juliet to marry Paris (rich, attractive
man). Friar Lawrence then helps Juliet by giving her a potion that
will make it seem as if she is dead when really she is only asleep.
The plan is for her to be presumed dead and therefore be put in her
coffin. Romeo will then come back wake her up and the two can run away
together. However Romeo does not get the message and goes back to find
Juliet presumably dead. He then kills himself. When Juliet wakes up
and finds Romeo dead she kills herself.

The play will be set in 20th century Manhattan, but will include
certain tools from the Shakespearean times (i.e. Swords)

Need to input: Social and historical background

Act 1 Scene 1

In the first scene the Capulets and the Montagues have a third turf
war involving six members of the two families. It will start on a busy
highway but the most part of the scene will be shot in a café.

This is the opening scene and is therefore important in setting the
scene for the rest of the play. The scene will open with Capulet's
servants, Sampson and Gregory, joyriding down a highway on Mopeds. As
they swivel in and out of the traffic they get spotted by a police car
and a chase ensues. The chase leads to a...

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