Romeo and Juliet: Mad Blood Stirring is a show based on William Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet however adapted into an hour show for 9 – 13 year olds by Nick Walker. The show tells the story in modernised way for young audiences to enjoy and understand.
Unfortunately, due to no programs/cast list available I am unable to credit the actors. Each actor had a good diction making sure that the audience understands every word which was necessary as the play moved very quickly and it was very easy to get lost. As there were no microphones, the actors needed to project, and they did perfectly. I believed in everything they said and did as they were simply brilliant! The special mention must go to actor who played the Friar as his character acted as a narrator in this adaptation of the show and he had most of the important key lines of the whole show and managed to deliver them exceptionally well especially when engaging with the audience.
The show was performed in traverse staging which created the idea of 2 different sides; Montagues and Capulets very well. The set was simple and detailed. I was in love with the lighting design for this show especially the night stars during the balcony scene. There were also a few impressive projections of different characters which were helpful due to the cast size. The only thing that I didn't like about this production is that due to the timing of the show, few key points of the play were missed out. There were also few significant characters such as the nurse missing due to cast size which meant that all the key points between Juliet, Romeo and the nurse didn't happen. This show isn't the full story of Romeo and Juliet, it is a brief presentation of some (not all unfortunately) key moments from the play.
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Overall, the cast is perfect however the way the story is told might confuse people who are studying the play due to characters and few key points of the story missing.