WALES Millennium Centre and Omidaze Productions present the third and final part of their Shakespeare trilogy in a new Romeo and Juliet.
This co-production pairs the well-loved tragedy with aerial circus alongside a series of workshops to explore power and explain our parliamentary systems to schoolchildren.
Set against a backdrop of conflict, civil disturbance and prejudice in present British society, this timeless production tells a story of young people betrayed by a fractured society leading to tragic consequences.
In keeping with the play’s central theme of overcoming societal barriers, this inclusive version uses unconventional staging to encourage audiences to move and explore the set, allowing them to experience the drama up close and be absorbed in the story.
Romeo and Juliet will feature a mixed, gender-blind and colour-blind cast, directed by Omidaze Productions’ artistic director and Wales Millennium Centre associate artist Yvonne Murphy, with circus choreography and movement direction by Paul Evans, associate artist of NoFitState Circus.
Aamira Challenger, a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, makes her professional debut as Juliet beside Connor Allen (Bird, Sherman Theatre) as Romeo. Completing the ensemble are Gemma Creasey, Hannah O'Leary, Kayed Mohammed-Mason and Salim Sai.
Omidaze’s two main partners have worked extensively with outreach teams from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, the English Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
The accompanying educational work is fundamental to making Romeo and Juliet accessible to all.
Romeo and Juliet will be performed at the Wales Millennium Centre from April 27 to May 14.
For more information or tickets please visit wmc.org.uk