ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare

Directed by Neil Knipe

My first directing gig - why on earth pick the complexities of Shakespeare as a directing debut?

Maybe that was the point - do a playwright that requires so much skill, understanding and thoughtfulness that you have to strive to be the best you can.

 

I "studied" Shakespeare for eighteen months prior to the show. Dozens and dozens of film adaptations, several stage productions, a book shelf full of texts about the man himself and every bit of academia I could hunt down on the play itself.

Despite some first time flaws and missteps, I'm very proud of that show.  It was brimming with ideas and imagery that serviced the text. It also contained our best set to date - a stage length brick wall, which opened up to reveal a fancy topiary-ed garden. The "balcony" scene was done on a real white van roof that just peeked over the wall.

Starring:


Capulet .................. Rob Atkinson

Friar John ............. Craig Baxter

Benvolio ................ Paul Bloomfield

Mercutio ................ Eliot Boyd

Prince .................... John Carter

Romeo .................... Jonny Cordingley

Friar Laurence ...... Brendan Harrington

Gregory ................. Alex Hewitson

Nurse .................... Vicky Kitchin

Sampson ............... Thomas Milton

Lady Capulet ........ Andrea Page

Juliet .................... Nickie Pyrce

Tybalt ................... Mark Rigby

Montague ............ Mark Rogers

Paris .................... Danny White

Abram .................. Ahmed Zaman