Two tales of teenage angst, two tales of remarkably strong young women, two classic pieces of theatre with strong relevance for today. A feast for all the senses.
Romeo and Juliet
Separated by their fathers' bitter rivalry, Juliet and Romeo experience a first love that is truly forbidden. In the long hot summer they pray for the private night to be alone – away from the blistering passions of masculine honour and the vicious cycle of violence brought on by their families' ongoing feud. In this cruel adult world of pride, envy and greed, youth and innocence have no place, and Romeo and Juliet must go to desperate measures to be together.
The production will be in modern dress with a thematic emphasis on the conflicts between adults and teenagers, broadly a little in the style of TV series Skins. This will not affect Shakespeare's language, as ever love and madness will remain true to the original language. One unique feature of the production will be that some scenes will include video screens showing locations from characters' past experiences, some of which will be taken locally at each town the tour visits so audiences will see local areas thet they know on screen.
A Taste of Honey
Shelagh Delaney was just nineteen when she wrote A Taste of Honey, first performed by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in1958 and filmed in 1961. Jo's relationships with her irresponsible mother, the Nigerian sailor who leaves her pregnant and the homosexual art student who moves in to take care of her while she waits for the baby to be born, are chronicled in Delaney’s play which has become a modern classic.
This will retain the period and location from Joan Littlewood's original production, ie Manchester/Salford in the late 1950's. It will feature dance, period jazz and characters directly addressing the audience.
An ensemble of five actors will perform both plays as they create the pace, drama, and power to hold the audience's attention.
Arts Centre, Devizes Road
Romeo and Juliet – Monday 16 November 7.30pm
A Taste of Honey – Tuesday 17 November 7.30pm
Tickets for each performance £12, Students £6
To book tickets call the Box Office on 01793 614837