Carol Twinch - 10th October 2011
The Night Light Theatre Company's Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare as you have never seen it before. The text of this ‘most excellent and lamentable tragedy' is cut by half, six of the characters are puppets and some 23 characters are portrayed by just eight actors. Could it still be Shakespeare? Indeed it could and the reduced length was no doubt appreciated by the predominantly young audience, many of them GCSE students. For them it was a chance to gain the essence of the story of these star-crossed lovers, the bitter and enduring enmity between two great houses in Elizabethan Verona, and the final tragic line ‘for never was a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her Romeo'. It also gave them an opportunity to experience professionals using different dramatic techniques.
Glen Pearce - 5th October 2011
Our destiny may be written in the stars and, for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it seems their fate is certainly being guided by the wider cosmos. Suitably for this pair of ‘star-cross'd lovers', Night Light Theatre's thrilling adaptation, moves the action, from its traditional Verona setting, onto the celestial plane; the fateful couple guided across an astrological astrolabe by spirits, sprites, and the heavenly bodies.
It's a magical, almost dreamlike, world where actors and musicians blend with puppets to create a world of rich and vivid storytelling.
Rebecca Stewart - 5th October 2011
On Tuesday evening, Night Light Theatre Company graced the New Wolsey stage with their interpretation of perhaps the most gripping and passionate love story ever written: Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. The theatre group claims to have been motivated to "bring imagination, creativity and beauty" to the theatre, and there is no doubt that this is exactly what they achieved.
Adrian Lynch - 4th October 2011
Perhaps Shakespeare's most famous play (sorry Hamlet). Two youngsters fall in love despite a violent feud between their families, and have to cope with unsympathetic elders, warring friends and tragic misunderstandings.
Thinking about this play it's difficult not to remember the tomb scene in Shakespeare in Love. A rough and surly crowd are reduced to lip-trembling silence as the heartbreaking story unfolds.