Next week I'm looking forward to seeing c21's bite sized version of Romeo and Juliet in the Baby Grand.
Sold as a turbo-charged, pared-down version of the famous romantic drama that will distill all the beauty, violence and tragedy of the original… but in less than 90 minutes. The production has been especially adapted for schools and smaller theatre venues with the original script that has been adapted by Gary Wilson.
Lisburn actor Michael Lavery and Belfast’s Jolene O'Hara star as the star-crossed lovers, heading up a dynamic cast bringing Shakespeare's words to exhilarating new life. Shakespeare’s universally known language is still intact but in a more condensed and accessible form. The show will be directed by Arthur Webb who acknowledges that teachers often have a fear of teaching Shakespeare. He promises that this new production makes the blank verse accessible and the narrative straightforward without diluting the enjoyment and sense. He finds that pupils are often more visual than auditory learners, as am I!
No longer a young upcoming company, c21 has been on the theatre scene in Northern Ireland now for 8 years. It has established itself as a consistent and exciting player, staging a variety of productions from edgy comedy drama to pantomime. The production is supported by Arts & Business and Burke Shipping Group.
The production opened today at the Craic in Coalisland, touring to the Grand Opera House, Riverside Theatre and Sean Hollywood Arts Centre as well as giving schools performances and workshops.