Romeo And Juliet Last Scene Essay

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I chose the last scene of “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, the death scene of Romeo after he sees Juliet “die”, as the material I wanted to transform using Grotowski’s influence for my solo theatre piece . I felt that this particular scene really involved the use of raw emotion. The general tone of this particular scene is quite somber and dark, as Romeo sees his loved one “dead”, and there is an overall sense of longing as Romeo relives the moments him and Juliet shared together, as well as longing for their once strong bond and her presence. I decided to write my own monologue from Romeo’s perspective based on the scene, and to preserve the main ideas and story of the scene to a large extent, whilst tweaking the original content…show more content…
After doing so I decided to take a slightly different perspective on the scene, where as well as outlining the despair of Romeo and the longing he feels for Juliet, I would outline other feelings not explored in the actual scene such as the regret (and possible short-term satisfaction) he felt in killing Tybalt and Paris who he felt were tearing them apart. Because of this I felt an emphasis on voice, physicality and raw emotion, which Grotowski pushed to bring out in his theory of “Poor Theatre”, would suit this scene greatly. In addition, this feeling of regret, anger and hatred he feels after killing the two would enable me to create an uneasy, dark atmosphere for the piece. I read a monologue based on the last scene and used it as a stimulus for my devised monologue . I also watched a theatre production on YouTube based on that very scene of “Romeo and Juliet” to understand the story better while developing further ideas about how to form the piece. This was a dark interpretation of the last scene, and it helped me form the idea of setting the play in a graveyard where Juliet was buried while I addressed her as if she was alive and reindulged in Romeo’s memories with
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