A detailed examination of Romeo & Juliet for senior secondary students.
Four Actors discover the hidden treasures in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The Actors comment on the action of the play and, at times, enter scenes to comment. The text opens Romeo and Juliet up so that it becomes accessible to a young audience. Connections are made between the Elizabethan world and the contemporary one. The timeless struggle between generations is examined in the context of the play. The consequences of actions and the obstacles that prevent resolution are explored. Turning points are played out and analysed. Shakespeare's language is demystified and discussed as the Actors share their discoveries with the audience.
This script was originally developed as part of a series, for Bell Shakespeare’s Actors At Work programme, performed between the years 2005 – 2011. Ned Manning would like to acknowledge the following people for their involvement and contribution to the development of these scripts: John Bell, Matt Edgerton (Director and dramaturg), Marion Potts (Director), John Sheedy (Director), Christopher Hurrell (Director), Naomi Edwards (Director), Damien Ryan (Director), Wayne Blair (Director), Sean O’Shea (Director) and the many actors who performed the plays around Australia.
- Shakespeare in a contemporary context
- 60 minutes
- Larger cast option for a classroom context: four students could play the designated actors with additional students playing the Shakespearean characters.
- 16 to 18, 18+
- teen, young adult
- Australian Script Centre