‘I can discover all / The unlucky manage of this fatal brawl’
[Act III, scene 1, 144-5]
Benvolio is the cousin of Romeo and the niece of Lord Montague. Because Romeo is in love with a girl who doesn’t love him, Benvolio spends much of her time trying to cheer him up. In Verona, their family has a big rivalry with the Capulets. She prefers to keep peace rather than fight, but it is hard to avoid getting caught up in a brawl. Particularly with Mercutio as her friend.
The Prince has put a death penalty upon any Capulet or Montague who breaks his rule again. When Romeo kills Tybalt, Benvolio begs him to flee the scene in order to avoid this punishment.
[Romeo: Act I, scene 1, 190]
[Romeo: Act I, scene 1, 199]
‘I had never been in a performance like that before, where I could almost touch the actors…although
you’re not allowed to do that!‘
(Shalisha James-Davis, Benvolio)
Shalisha shares her excitement about taking on a normally ‘male’ role and performing in the theatre where she herself stood to watch a show, only a few years ago.
Tfw your mate just won’t SHUT UP about their latest crush! I know that she doesn’t like him back…I mean, they haven’t even been on a date?! How do I get him to move on?
More coming soon…