English Literature / Drama GCSE: Romeo and Juliet - Act 2, Scene 2 - Lovers unite (workshop)

Romeo has put his life in danger by entering the Capulet orchard.

Mariah Gale and Sam Troughton discuss their characters’ response to this danger and explore differing ways of playing the scene.

This short film is from the BBC series, Shakespeare Unlocked.

Teacher Notes

The actors demonstrate how physicalising the dialogue through different approaches changes the dynamic of the scene.

Before watching the workshop, ask your students to work in pairs to come up with different ways to play the scene.

They can then can compare their ideas to those shown here.

After watching the workshop, ask students in small groups to discuss what worked, or didn't, about each version.

Were they surprised by any of the strategies that the actors tried out?

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching GCSE English literature and drama in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/ 5 in Scotland.

More from Shakespeare Unlocked - Romeo and Juliet

Act 2, Scene 2 - Juliet's soliloquy (workshop)
Act 2, Scene 2 - Romeo's soliloquy (workshop)
Act 2, Scene 2 - The Balcony
Act 3, Scene 1 - Death of Mercutio (workshop)
Act 3, Scene 1 - Spoiling for a fight (workshop)
Act 3, Scene 1 - The Fight
Act 3, Scene 5 - Juliet is abandoned (workshop)
About the 2011 RSC production