Romeo and Juliet
From: Thursday, 3rd February 2011
To: Saturday, 5 March 2011
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The story of frustrated young (illegally young in modern terms) love and death and the vendetta between two families in a tight-knit Italian community. One of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring dramas it has also been re-done as film, ballet, musical (most notably "West Side Story") and ice spectacular!
8 February 2011
Director David Thacker sets his version of Romeo and Juliet in a far-from-fair Verona. This is an unflinching look at a society full of crude and violent men, abusive parents, calculating women and complacent authority. It grabs attention but one struggles to find any sympathetic characters. Although Kieran Hill’s Mercutio is a more rounded figure than the usual eternal bachelor and almost sends-up the macho male concept.
There are a number of distractions in the production. The dry ice is obstructive as much as atmospheric and Juliet’s balcony resembles a diving platform. David Ricardo-Pearce’s twitchy and tormented Romeo over-uses hand gestures to the point of irritation.
Jade Anouka is a lively and inquisitive Juliet and can certainly engage the audience. Strangely, however, Thacker does not develop the relationship between the lovers. The humanity in the play comes instead from secondary character...
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