English Literature / Drama GCSE: Romeo and Juliet - Act 3, Scene 5 - Juliet is abandoned (workshop)

The actors look at how Juliet becomes increasingly isolated, from her mother, her father, and finally her nurse.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as a starting point to explore conflict within a group.

Set out a group of individual characters and a situation that they disagree on.

Students should improvise what side of the argument their character would take based on their personal opinion or experience of the issue.

Move on from this by establishing connections between the characters (such as husband and wife, siblings, parent and child).

Students should consider how loyalties and allegiances might alter their character’s behaviour.

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 3, Scene 1 - Death of Mercutio (workshop)
video
Act 3, Scene 1 - Spoiling for a fight (workshop)
video
Act 3, Scene 1 - The Fight
video
Act 2, Scene 2 - Romeo's soliloquy (workshop)
video
Act 5, Scene 1 - Unlocking the words (workshop)
video
About the 2011 RSC production
video
Act 2, Scene 2 - Juliet's soliloquy (workshop)
video
Act 2, Scene 2 - Lovers unite (workshop)
video