REVIEW: ROMEO AND JULIET BY CURIOUS PHEASANT ⭐⭐⭐⭐

THEATRE

ROMEO AND JULIET BY CURIOUS PHEASANT

Assembly Rooms, Bijou Venue 20

August 3rd to 25th 13:00 (Not 12th or 19th)

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Four Stars)

 

Following a sell-out run in the 2018 Fringe festival, Curious Pheasant returns with their powerful and engrossing adaptation of the timely and timeless Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet.

This production of the star struck lovers ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a gay, all-male presentation. That boldly re-imagines William Shakespeare’s classic love story using physical theatre to portray two opposing rugby teams, grounding the piece in the 21st century. When the two men meet, the integrity of both teams is compromised and the unyielding pride of man threatens to destroy all that they know.

A strong 6 piece ensemble company comprised of Troy Chessman, Samuel Prentice, Becky Mills, Oveis Rezazadeh, Daniel Harris, William Bunting delivered a truly captivating hour inside the Bijou Spegieltent, performing in the round really draws the audience into the piece.

Director Becky Mills knows her Shakespeare well and isn’t scared to tackle homophobia  as well as challenging the audience to think, and acknowledge that the price of love isn’t just for heterosexuals, even buff rugby lads can be gay and feel the same heartbreak and that therein lies the joy of Shakespeare’s great love story.

Curious Pheasants production of Romeo and Juliet deserves to enjoy another sell out Fringe season for being brave enough to show even the toughest of love stories can still touch the heart centuries after it was written. A universal story for our times, so don’t miss out.

Brett Herriot

Twitter @BrettHerriot