As a class, discuss initial responses to the production of Julius Caesar and how the play was presented on stage. Consider the following questions individually, or use them as the basis for a class discussion.
- Did the actors play the roles as you imagined them? Were any characters portrayed quite differently to how you imagined them? In what ways?
- Which character/s did you connect with most? Was this different to how you felt about the character/s before the play?
- How was Rome presented on stage? Why do you think this decision was made?
- What were the key set pieces or props, and how were they used?
- How did the set convey the changes of location from the Senate to the Forum, to the battlefield?
- How was costume used to denote social status?
- Which characters had significant costume changes? How did their costume change and what did the change in costume signify about their character?
D. SOUND DESIGN
- How was sound and music used to create meaning and enhance the story?
- Choose one particular moment and describe how sound/music was used to influence the meaning.
E. SCRIPT AND DRAMATURGY
- Were there any changes to the characters in the original play? Were any characters edited?
- Did you notice any script edits? If so, what effect did these have and why do you think the script was edited?