Today in class, we began comparing drama in theatre with reading drama and watching a film drama. We took a look at the modern film Romeo + Juliet, watched a brief scene from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre’s “Romeo and Juliet” and skimmed the modern text of the play (click on any version to view links). In each of these, the words are the same; however, it is the direction and the emotion that changes.
Tomorrow, we will continue to explore the differences between how we react to a live play, how we react to film, and how we react to reading. I want you to look with the eyes of a critic. The big idea is to decide what the main idea of a work of text is, and determine whether or not a film production remains true to that message. As the unit comes to a close, think about what a director’s job is, and what a reader’s job is, and in what ways the two are similar.
P.S. Tonight’s homework is to complete the grammar activity.