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Directing A Production Of As You Like It

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Directing a Production of As You Like It

This is an analysis of act IV scene iii. I am setting it in the 21st
century it will be modern as opposed to Elizabethan or Victorian.
However, the characters will all speak in the language of Shakespeare.
I have set it in the modern times, so that it appeals to more of the
younger generations. The theme of this play is based around love,
betrayal, peace, rivalry, enmity and court versus country. Examples,
love: it is all around the play and one of the themes; Orlando and
Rosalind and ultimately characters like Oliver and Celia all fall in
love. Betrayal: Duke Fredrick kicked his own brother out of the court.
Rivalry, there is major sibling rivalry between Orlando and Oliver, as
Oliver is not giving Orlando the fair treatment that he deserves.
Peace: when Orlando sees his brother in trouble, he helps him, despite
the past, and makes up again. I also feel this play is quite ironic.
This applies to characters like Orlando and Rosalind, who both
discover their love for each other, and Orlando is banished. However,
Rosalind ends up being exiled to the same place. If she had not been
exiled, she would have never found out how Orlando felt about her. The
parts which are set in the forest in the original play, will now be
set in a huge meadow, with long grass and 500 foot trees surrounding
it. The meadow will have a very "hippie" theme to it. The parts in the
palace will be set in a huge mansion off the coast of the English
Channel. The huge mansion instead of having the conventional acres of
greenery will have a beachside equivalent. It will be an all male cast
to add to the whole mistaken identity feel. It will also have a comic
effect on the audience. It is quite amusing imagining a boy, playing a
girl, who has to pretend she is a boy.

Text Box: Social Status People of High Status – Orlando, Oliver, Duke Fredrick, Duke Senior, Rosalind, Celia, and Jaques de Boys. People of a Lower Status – Touchstone, Amiens, all the courtiers and attendants to both Dukes, Phebe, Corin and William.

The costumes of the characters in the modernised version of As You
Like it will be very simple. When in the court, the boys will wear
dark blue jeans, white shirts, and ties, which are loosely tied around
their necks and are red and black in colour. As for shoes, they will
wear loafers and their hair will be gelled and spiky. The girls will
wear long black skirts, white tight shirts, ties that are tied
loosely, in black and pink. They will wear knee high boots and have
long hair. These costumes apply to Rosalind, Celia, Orlando and
Oliver.

I want the characters to be wearing clothes that they look composed
in. This is because their characters are quite serious, and I want
their clothes and attitude to reflect that. The clothes that they are
wearing are quite...

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