Romeo and Juliet in a derelict Victorian lido

INSANE Root, the company that brought Orpheus and Eurydice to the Suspension Bridge Vaults, Macbeth to the Redcliffe Caves, and The Tempest to St John on the Wall’s Crypt, this summer performs Romeo and Juliet in the Eastville Park swimming pool, from 20th June to 29th July.

Directed by Hannah Drake, the cast includes Peter Edwards and Jessica Temple in the title roles, and will be performed in the dere­lict Victorian lido which was damaged by shrapnel in World War II and then turned into a community garden.

After years of dereliction and late-night raves, the pool was closed to the public. But the Insane Root members were immediately convinced of its value as a cultural space.

“When we set eyes on the pool we instantly felt that its layers of history and tension between the natural and human worlds would provide the perfect landscape for this famous play,” says Hannah Drake.

“The space feels very theatrical. The walkway around the pool and the steps down into it offer a natural amphitheatre. The scrawled graffiti on the pool, the nearby children’s playground and the sirens from the M32 have all become characters in our production.”

The open-air adaptation of Shakespeare‘s enduring tale of love-at-first-sight  has a company of ten performers playing multiple roles, weaving in and among  the audiences, who will travel into a completely immersive and new vision of Verona,  full of ferocious brawls, raucous parties and secret trysts.

Romeo and Juliet will be performed at 6 and 8.30pm from Wednesday to Sunday during the run.

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