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Romeo and Juliet second key extract

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Performance

There are a lot of different ways to perform a particular scene. How is the drama created in the two Key Extracts?

From the table below, you will see there are elements of the two Key Extracts that are quite similar. But whereas there is some humour in the first extract, the second extract is more moving and romantic. This needs to be brought out in the performance.

First Extract Second Extract
Set in a public place in Verona. Set in Capulet's Orchard - the two characters are alone.
Is a more gentle and humorous end to what has been a very tense and action-packed scene. A moving and romantic extract that contrasts with the scene before it which is full of Mercutio's rude jokes.
Montague and Benvolio describe how Romeo has been behaving, before he actually appears on stage. Whereas in the first extract, Romeo talks about love, in the second extract we see how he behaves when he is in love.
The movement of characters is less obvious - it's just two characters having a chat. The director has to make sure that this is interesting to look at on stage. Again, in the second extract, two characters are talking. The director has to think creatively so that the action is interesting to watch.
The potential for humour comes from the banter and word-play between Romeo and Benvolio. The language of this extract creates a romantic and moving tone.

Once you understand how the audience should feel, you can decide how you might direct particular parts of the play.

  • Answer the question you have, not the question you would like.

  • Make a short plan.

  • Use PEE.

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