“Romeo and Juliet are just two rich kids who’ve always gotten every little thing they want. And now, they think they want each other.”
“They’re in love…” Mr. Stessman said, clutching his heart.
“They don’t even know each other,” she said.
“It was love at first sight.”
“It was ‘Oh my God, he’s so cute’ at first sight. If Shakespeare wanted you to believe they were in love, he wouldn’t tell you in almost the very first scene that Romeo was hung up on Rosaline.… It’s Shakespeare making fun of love,” she said.
It was “Oh my God, he’s so cute” at first sight. If Shakespeare wanted you to believe they were in love, he wouldn’t tell you in almost the very first scene that Romeo was hung up on Rosaline … It’s Shakespeare making fun of love.
My all time favorite production concept for a shakespeare play would be a gender swapped high school cheerleader Julius Caesar. Portia and Calpurnia are the football player boyfriends to senior cheerleaders Caesar and Brutus. Conniving sophomore Cassius thinks Caesars been captain for too long and turns the whole group against her. Initially they all just want to impeach her but Cassius takes it too far and puts the idea of murder in their heads. Football boyfriend Calpurnia wants Caesar to stay at home and work on their science project but Caesar insists she must go to the locker room meeting where she’s eventually killed.
They hold a funeral with the marching band and the football players, during which Brutus makes a stand and explains why she murdered her best friend. Antony, freshman baton twirler, makes her own biting and sarcastic speech that turns the marching band against the cheerleaders and the cheer leaders against themselves. All out war wages once innocent hipster poet Cinna is killed in a stampede.
The fighting takes place in the high school parking lot: Brutus is distraught after football boyfriend Portia commits suicide and…. you know the gist it’s a shakespeare tragedy and everyone dies.
One day I shall put on the most absurd production of Julius Caesar ever and it will be glorious
I’ve just started a new topic with my Year 7 groups. Much to my delight, this term it’s Shakespeare’s sonnets. These are my visual interpretations from Sonnet 130. The objective is to depict Shakespeare’s mistress. Great fun!
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
I am very excited and proud to announce the release of my first book Collage and Keep, available to buy in all good bookshops from 3rd September 2015. More information as soon as I’m allowed to share it… watch this space!