|Research the life of Shakespeare
Create an A4 poster using images and words.
Focus: 10 Fun facts about William Shakespeare
|Research the language of Shakespeare
Create a podcast about the use of language and words in Shakespeare’s plays.
Focus: the influence of Shakespeare on modern day language
|Research Performance in Elizabethan times
Write a list of what you would need to stage a performance of Romeo and Juliet
Focus: Stage craft and performance
|Who am I?
Develop a word picture of your favourite character and Romeo and Juliet. Your response should be 200 words.
Choose an actor/actress to play Romeo and Juliet in a modern day film adaptation of the play. Using images and words explain who you would cast in these roles and why.
The theme of love is important in Romeo and Juliet. Find 5 Popular Songs that explore the notion of love and find links to the songs and the play.
|Research the way Romeo and Juliet has been adapted for film by Baz Luhrmann and Julian Fellowes, as a musical (West Side Story) by Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim and as an animation (Gnomeo and Juliet) by Kelly Asbury.
How faithful was each production to the original text? Give reasons for your answer.
|Imagine: How would Juliet and Romeo communicate and develop their relationship in 2016.
Write a series of exchanges between to the star-crossed lovers. You choose – letter, phone calls, social media. But they must not be discovered by their parents.
| Research the importance of Tragedy in Shakespeare’s plays.
What tragedy occurs in Romeo and Juliet?
Why is the audience told the fate of the couple in the prologue?
What impact does this have on the audience?
What is this story about?
How would you ensure that you present the key themes and ideas in a performance of R and J?
Why has it been so important for thousands of readers/viewers?
How would you prepare for a performance of R and J?
Spend some time with the cast of a Bell Shakespeare 2012 performance of R and J as they answer some questions about the play.
As we read the play Romeo and Juliet we must keep in mind that the play was written to be performed to a live audience. Consider what might be captured on stage, in the interactions between characters, in the setting and stage, that might be lost when we simply read it aloud.
What do you see? What do you hear? What does the play Romeo and Juliet want us to think about, want us to believe in?
Wondering how you can read ahead of the class? Consider reading along with an audio book. Hearing actors voices perform R and J will help to bring the action of each scene to life. A suggested audio link can be found here.
Refer to this audio recording when you revise for exams.