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Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival, Everyman 16 (Cardiff, Wales)
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Jack Paterson and Mark Modzelewski

First Taste. First Touch. First Love. First Kiss.

In modern Verona, violence erupts between the Montagues and Capulets with tragic consequences. With the death of their children, the Capulet and Montague youth come together and through collective creation, movement and story examine how they came to such tragedy.

Everyman Theatre are delighted to welcome directors Mark Modzelewski and Jack Paterson to our Open Air Theatre Festival and the depiction of Shakespeare’s classic tale of “star-cross’d lovers”, forbidden love and blind passion is a tale of firsts. Swept away in their first love, teenagers Romeo and Juliet irresistibly drawn to each other, fall in love and marry in secret as their families’ long standing feud comes to a head. When you are passionately in love, nothing else matters – not even life itself. Defying the hatred and violence surrounding them, they dare to believe they can, and must, be together.

This production was created through a fusion of Ensemble Devising, Physical Theatre and First folio Text Analysis practices.

“…innovative…challenging…daring…a frisson of new energy…taking the leap into the unknown…. breaking down expectations and flipping them on their head …respecting the intelligence of its audiences, challenging them to come along with the fantastic company and try something new…” – Mytheatremates.com

“…fresh, with visceral emotion and raw intensity… visually and audibly stunning…the finest Juliet I’ve seen on stage…” Cardiff Shakespeare

“…a brave…alternative glimpse into the words of Shakespeare…gritty and new…innovative…bringing it truly into a now…between the interpretation, the cast and the environment- it is definitely a must-see.”An Organised Mess