If you are working through the resources in chronological order your students will have now explored the plot in Lesson One and with this overview knowledge will be ready to focus on different character journeys.

Lady Capulet getting ready for the ball.
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The following activities look at character relationships and key character moments throughout the play including analysis on Romeo, Prince Escalus and the relationship between Juliet and her family.  

Further exercises on characters to be used with your students in class and at home can be found on the SLZ including basic character descriptions, a character map exploring relationships and PEE grids on central characters.

This specially created video explores family confrontation in Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, with the 2018 company of Romeo and Juliet and RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.

Each exercise will interrogate the language and ask students to start to reflect on what clues the language give us when exploring these different characters and different moments of their journey. 

All exercises could be delivered in a 90-minute lesson. 

Once students start to understand the character journeys and have worked in depth on the language we will move on to Lesson 3 and look at Language and Performance across the whole of the play. 

  • ACTIVITY 1: Approaches to character: Prince Escalus

  • ACTIVITY 2: Approaches to character: Romeo

  • ACTIVITY 3: Act 3 Scene 5 - Using the Language: an in-role approach

In your online workshop you might want to focus on additional characters and relationships. To book your workshop just email online.workshops@rsc.org.uk  

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