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Romeo and Juliet: Act 2 Scene 2 - The balcony
Romeo steals into the Capulet garden to find Juliet on her bedroom balcony, talking to herself. Romeo makes his presence known to Juliet. Overcome with love, they agree to marry, despite the feud between their families. After Juliet leaves, we hear the conversation Romeo has with himself. First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the Shakespeare Unlocked season.
Illustrates one of Shakespeare's most famous scenes and a pivotal scene of the play. Highlights key themes of the play such as light and dark, love and hate.
Before watching the scene, ask students to brainstorm what they think will be Romeo's reaction to seeing Juliet. We know already how he has spoken to her on their first meeting. What kind of language do they think he will use in this scene? ask students in pairs to read through Romeo's speech from Act 2 Scene 2, lines 47 to 51. What clues are in this short section of text about the time of day? How does Romeo describe Juliet in this section?
Ask students to look at how the scene they are about to watch is staged. How is it lit? Ask them to note the ongoing references to light and dark, the sun and moon.
After watching the scene, ask students in small groups to reflect on their observations from watching the scene. What did they notice about the references to light and dark, sun and moon? What did they notice about the lighting? Why does Shakespeare set this scene at night? What effect does this setting have on the scene? Could the scene work in daylight?
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