English Literature / Drama GCSE: Romeo and Juliet - Act 2, Scene 2 - Romeo's soliloquy (workshop)

Sam Troughton discusses how Romeo has no plan once he is discovered in the Capulet garden.

He explores Romeo’s language and how Juliet is compared to sources of light and an angel.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film offers a clear analysis of how the language of a text can offer insights into a character.

Before watching the workshop, ask your students to write a quick checklist of what we, the audience, already know about Romeo before this scene starts.

Ask them to watch out for additional clues about Romeo's character as this workshop unfolds.

After watching the workshop, ask students to discuss what extra information they discover about Romeo, both in terms of what Romeo actually does and says, and from what the actors and assistant director say about him.

Ask students to look at all the information they have gathered about Romeo;

  • What does this tell us about Romeo? For example, he climbs a tall orchard wall – what does that tell us about him?
  • That he's strong? Brave? Reckless?
  • What picture can they build up of Romeo based on this analysis?

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 - Lovers unite (workshop)
Act 2, Scene 2 - Juliet'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