Treading the Boards: Act I, Scene 1

This period we look at Romeo and Juliet as a play – examining the features of the text that are typical of what you’d expect from a play text – intended to be viewed rather than read. The attached presentation explores these features, provides a guide to annotation and contains an excerpt of a filmed interpretation to demonstrate how much of a play’s interpretation is left to the actors and director.

 Your homework is to complete your modernisation of the script ready for performance next English period.

The Script

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Author: Christopher Waugh

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” (Katherine Mansfield)

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