Friday, 14 July 2017

1623 associate artist Nathan Masterson went to Plymouth Grove Primary School yesterday to watch their adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Here's his review.

Plymouth Grove Primary School drama club with teacher Sarah Thompson and 1623 associate artist Nathan MastersonNathan writes:

"Having worked recently with the talented and enthusiastic drama group from Plymouth Grove in a 1623 workshop at the Martin Harris Centre in Manchester, I was delighted to be asked along to their performance of Romeo and Juliet.

I can honestly say I haven't enjoyed a production of Romeo and Juliet more!

Mixing Shakespearean text and modern day language, physical theatre, and a showstopping dance to Uptown Funk, this was cracking work!

The performers' diction, clarity of speech and impressive projection rivalled many professionals I've seen, and though all performances were strong (genuinely not a weak link in the cast) I do have to highlight Jerone as Benvolio and Hassan as Tybalt.

Benvolio is a thankless part but Jerone gave it such heart and character, and Tybalt's rage was wonderfully portrayed by charismatic Hassan.

Congratulations to Miss Thompson and her drama group. It was a privilege to see these students fully engaged and committed to their work, which resulted in a moving, charming and inspiring production."


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