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.
Set a research task for students to consider their own ideas for a modern costume. They should consider how they would costume the two factions of the play to show two distinct styles and to reflect the time period. Students should pick a character to design for and create a list of that character's emotions and motivations. How might these reflect on the shapes and colour of the costume? Students could base their ideas on a particular period or place. This could link to a topic they are studying in history. Create a mood board with research, colour, texture, style, material and present them to each other. The types of costume that would have been used in Shakespeare’s time could also be looked at.