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Year 12 - Drama - Prescribed Structures 2019

Juliet

Character: Juliet​

Demands a rewrite to reflect modern day attitudes

 

Above image sourced from - http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/characters/sisterhood/sisterhoodjuliet.html 

Character: Juliet

Stimulus:  Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (any version)​

Performance focus:

Create a solo performance based on the character of Juliet. Tired of forever seeing her fateful ending played out, an infuriated Juliet confronts William Shakespeare and demands that he rewrite the ending to his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. She passionately protests that his views are outdated and that he needs to edit his work to reflect modern-day attitudes. Juliet does this by:

  • recreating moments from the play that led to her tragic fate
  • demonstrating how other characters could have made different choices to alter the outcome of her story
  • comparing her fate to that of another real or fictional woman who could be considered a tragic heroine

Performance Style:  Eclectic with aspects of Elizabethan theatre*

Eclectic theatre draws on a range of performance styles to devise performances that go beyond the reality of life as it is lived. It juxtaposes a number of performance styles to make dramatic statements and theatre that is innovative, transformational and creative. Eclectic theatre is devised with a specific purpose and intention for the audience. Eclectic theatre draws on drama traditions and practice including:

  • ritual and storytelling
  • contemporary drama practice and performance styles
  • the work of drama practitioners and associated performance styles
  • a combination of any of the above.

Elizabethan theatre is a style of performance most closely associated with the Globe Theatre and with the playwright William Shakespeare during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Elizabethan theatre is exemplified by:

  • blank verse and/or rhyming couplets
  • asides, soliloquy, stylised gestures and presentational acting
  • minimal props, scenery or costume to denote transformation of place or character.

Convention & Dramatic Element:  As selected by the student from the list (linked here).  Write your selected convention and dramatic element on your Statement of Intention.

Resources

Mr Boon's Notes