William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Throughout the course of this essay I am going to discuss whether I think contemporary plays continue to experiment with form and content. Form means how we stage a play and perform it; this could be through mime, physical theatre, comedy, melodrama and many more. The playwright will suggest the best way to convey the drama to the audience but it is important to remember that directors can completely change the form of a play, and this is fairly common with stock material such as Shakespeare – done in modern dress, or with women playing men’s parts. On the other hand, content is the message the play carries through its themes and what the play is about. Form and content have always been experimented with; it isn’t something that has not…show more content…
In contrast, No Romance could possibly be set in ancient times, and is about three separate stories all with different kinds of secrets and how they are all related to one another.

Birdland uses modern language and short scene structures to show disruption of Paul’s life and to separate the drama. Simon Stephens wrote the play in this way because I feel he wanted the audience to experience Paul’s lack of emotion and feeling as his character is deluded. The play experiments with two linked aspects of content: power and fame. These are communicated to the audience through Paul’s character and how he reacts to others so that the form allows the audience to think about the consequences of power. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men” (Lord Acton, 1887) this statement by Lord Acton suits Pauls character perfectly. It is clear that he has psychological problems and becoming a very wealthy pop-star has changed him into a lying, controlling and heartless person. Thus it is clear that Birdland, first performed in 2014, addresses modern content.

It is clear to the audience that Paul’s character has to have power over people and behaves towards his friends in a very unacceptable manner. Paul Taylor suggests that; “He treats people as if they were merely the
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