English Literature / Drama GCSE: Julius Caesar - Act 3, Scene 2 - Brutus reasons with the crowd (workshop)
The individual and collective character of the citizens is developed through a practical exercise as they respond to Brutus’s funeral speech.
This short film is from the BBC series, Shakespeare Unlocked.
Ask your students to mark the moments when the actors move and turn to Brutus in their text.
Which words are particularly powerful, and why do they move the audience?
Can they see any words not mentioned which they think were designed to resonate with the audience?
Look at the use of repetition in this speech. Do the repeated words add pressure to the 'audience' of actors to respond to Brutus?
This short film is suitable for teaching GCSE English literature and drama in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/ 5 in Scotland.