Following the success of The Rondo Theatre Company and Bath Drama’s joint production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream in a new location at Green Park Station last year, it seemed a given that they would follow with this year’s show in the same location.
Romeo and Juliet follows the tragic story of two young lovers (played by Ashley Shiers and Annayah Prosser) who, forbidden to love each other by a long running feud between the Montague and Capulet family, meet their tragic end.
Set in a world of 1980s Punk Rock, this tale is visually exciting, with an interesting choice of music. We get to witness a party where the cast dance to Adam Ant’s ‘Prince Charming’, as well as some live music from Romeo and his guitar. The set was minimal, with just a few chairs, a wooden screen and a three piece bench. All of these doubled as interesting objects, from the balcony to the alter where the two lovers meet their grisly end.
We get to meet a range of colourful characters in this lively retelling of one of Shakespeare’s most well loved tragedies. A brilliant reimagining of Lady Capulet (played by Charlotte Howard) a pill popping, gin drinking, useless mother kept the audience giggling, while Adrian Philpott’s portrayal of Lord Capulet was strong and subtle. Standout performances came from Christopher Constantine, who played Mercutio with both humour and unrivalled stage presence. Ashley Shiers’ performance was also extraordinarily strong – he brought a new sense of depth to Romeo’s usual fickle portrayal.
The only issue with performing outside is that a fair amount of lines are often lost, particularly from the ensemble cast. There are a lot of factors that add to this issue at Green Park Station – people walking past, the large car park, and the bar next to the space. The general gist is still grasped by an audience, but more projection from some of the cast is needed while performing outdoors.
Romeo and Juliet runs at Green Park Station until Saturday 21st June, 7.30pm.
PHOTOS BY OWEN BENSON