R + J

What’s in a name?…

“An astonishing debut production from BoxedIn Theatre…I simply cannot wait to see more of their magic. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” – The Tribe.

“Both terrifying and exhilarating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” – Owl Eyes.

“Dripping with style. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” – The Saint.

This March, BoxedIn Theatre invited audiences to explore the world of Romeo and Juliet in a way they never had before. A fully promenade, fully immersive production of the world’s most famous love story, the audience were swept up in the questions of gender, sexuality and love that surround our star crossed lovers. The premise? What you see is up to you. But what you don’t see…

Oli Savage, the director for the production and BoxedIn’s artistic director had this to say: “We tried to do a lot with Romeo and Juliet, and I think overall it came off quite well. The basic message of the show was one of perspective – how can your opinions on conflict be shaped by the things that you’ve experience and the way that you’ve been brought up. Initially, the audience were split in to two groups, so their perspective was decided for them. As the show progressed, however, the world opened up and presented the audience with the illusion of choice – I say ‘illusion’ because the final scene, performed on an end on stage commented on the fact that, no matter how hard you try, genuinely changing your perspective can be very difficult.

In terms of the audience, we were exploring agency and choice – what happens when they have to choose between two scenes that are happening at opposite ends of the same room? And how does that add or detract from the audience experience? On the one hand, having a lot of noise and lots going on helps to build tension, while on the other hand, it means that the moments of silence stand out much more.

Underpinning all of this was an exploration of sexuality and female power in the context of conflict – as far as we know, this was the first time that Romeo has ever been played as a female character, in the entire history of this play. We think that it opened doors for exploring her role in the Montague family, and why she might need Juliet. Similarly, we had the chance to explore Juliet’s power, and the role that Romeo played in giving her an opportunity for social advancement. Casting Tybalt allowed us to explore this further – what did she need to do and how did she need to act in order to inherit control over the Capulet family, when Lord Capulet retires.”

More information can be found at the website for the production, or just click here, here or here if you are looking for a review.

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