Crash Course – Romeo and Juliet Part One

In this video John Green Iexamines Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. John delves into the world of Bill Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers and examines what the play is about, its structure, and the context in which it was written.


Such Tweet Sorrow

This year all Year 10 students will study Romeo and Juliet. To get ready for the play you may like to follow Such Tweet Sorrow.

More than 400 years ago William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, introducing “a pair of star-crossed lovers” who defy an “ancient grudge” between their two families with romantic and ultimately tragic results.

As well as numberless stage versions, it has been retold in film, opera, ballet and musical forms. In this ground-breaking experiment, it is coming to life across and through a social network, Twitter.

Throughout the five weeks of this performance, you can see and read the “tweets” – Twitter updates which may be thoughts, messages, links or confessions – of Romeo, Juliet and four other characters .

The tweets are being brought to Twitter  by six actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Each of them has a “script” but the actors will write their actual tweets themselves, using the rich backgrounds the writers have given them, along with a detailed diary that tells them where their characters are at any one moment of the adventure – what they are feeling, who they are with, who they want to talk to.

This may be as ordinary as telling us what they had for breakfast or as remarkable as announcing a deep, deep love.

To catch up, look at the Live Timeline and The Story So Far on this Such Tweet Sorrow site – also look out for events in the storyline that you can join in with and have more talk of these sad things.