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A director discusses the thinking behind his plans for a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' set in 1980s Coventry. Costume designers explain their ideas for the clothes, focusing on Tybalt and explaining how the chosen clothes reflect his personality. They also discuss plans to create distinct styles to represent the Capulets and Montagues.
First broadcast:
11 June 2010

Classroom Ideas

Set a research task for students to consider their own ideas for a modern costume. Consider how you would costume the two factions of the play to show two distinct styles and to show the time period. Students should pick a character to design for and make a word shower of that character's emotions and main character notes and consider how this might impact on colour. Students own ideas could be set in the 80s like the clip or their own choice of time. Create a design board with research, colour, texture, style, material and present them to each other. Look briefly at an accurate costume for the time period of Shakespeare and discuss the directors choice to set it in the 80s.