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Romeo And Juliet (The Hand Stitched Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

The number of Shakespeare adaptations at this year’s fringe certainly reaches the double figures, but the Hand Stitched Theatre Company’s show certainly doesn’t disappoint. The company manages to enthral the audience from the very beginning of their abridged and somewhat modernised take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Much in the style of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation, the costumes are modernised, but the language is not. The actors are enthusiastic and generally excellent, although lines are occasionally dashed through too quickly, perhaps in an attempt to adapt them to the modern ear. Special mention must be made of Alex Mulvey, whose performance perfectly encapsulates the confused, selfish, tragic Juliet. Overall, this is still an excitingly fresh take on one of the greatest tales in literature.

theSpace at Venue45, 26 – 27 Aug, 10.30am (11.45am), free, fpp175.
tw rating 4/5