Wherefore Art Thou, Tradition?Sunday, 11 June, 2017
A dark but bright interpretation of Romeo and Juliet
Inspired by the teaching of Romeo and Juliet to Year 9, a bunch of Senior Staff went to the Globe Theatre on London's Southbank in the half-term holiday to see, what is described as, a 'bold re-imagining' of Shakespeare's famous tale of love, revenge and death. Intentionally grotesque, and somewhat lacking old-fashioned romance, it focuses on the darker themes of the tragedy in a cleverly bright and vibrant way.
The production probably isn't every one's cup of tea but if you enjoy watching lively, modern and risqué interpretations of a classic, then it's one to see. The sense of fun and camaraderie between actors and the audience gives it a great atmosphere and helps you imagine what it was like in Shakespeare's day.
On the day we went, the deluge of London rain during the interval and second half, soaking the central standing area of the roofless theatre (and those who stood there), brought the realism of 16th century theatre-going into the make-belief of this 21st century production. The difference now is, of course, the sudden mass sale of white plastic poncho's! (Ed)