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“Romeo & Juliet”
Another excellent Shakespeare production from Sue Sachon and TADS.
The theatre was transformed from a performance space to a street in Verona – made possible by the thought and vision of David Sachon – who designed the set, Andrew Naish – who designed the scenes and painted the set, and a team of set builders.
The lighting from Paul Horsler was extremely good – and there were certain lighting effects that were incredibly atmospheric enhancing the actual play and the feeling within the dialogue.
I loved the music – it was very apt, and a mixture of modern and more traditional
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Scene changes were all effected with what appeared to be ease and precision, and the props used were in keeping with the feel of the production.
I thought the blend of modern clothing and the more traditional costumes worked well, and helped give the production a more contemporary feel.
It was very long, as is most Shakespeare, but it kept the interest of the audience, I didn’t feel the production dragged.
Sue Sachon always puts so much into a production and the guidance of her cast, to create an overall picture where everyone slots seamlessly into the whole.
I loved the opening – it was fierce and full of action, and really drew the audience into the action from the start, very well staged and acted. The fight scenes were very evocative and believable.
I thought the pairing of Steve Loczy as Romeo and Jenna Kay as Juliet was first rate – they looked good together, and interacted well. Steve always gives a fine performance, he has an instinctive understanding of how to deliver lib, I loved the nuances and expression within his interpretation.
I felt that Jenna, in her first principal Shakespeare role for TADS, really stepped up and delivered the girl who suddenly falls in love and becomes a woman, with all the insecurities and feistiness we associate with a young girl. Well done.
Malcolm Steven and Judy Palmer were Lord and Lady Montague, they contrasted well with the more stately Capulet’s played by David Sachon and Tracey Chatterley – I particularly liked Tracey’s demeanour throughout – she had the hauteur of a Lady, with the more soft feeling of a mother towards her daughter.
I thought that of all the various Montague and Capulet relations, Unami Tenga was particularly good, he is improving with every performance I see, and gave his performance a more contemporary feel with great believability.
Joe Hawkins played dual roles of Tybalt and Friar Lawrence. He was very fiery as Tybalt, which created a good foil to the other men, he then gave us a creditable Friar.
Also in her first outing in Shakespeare was Dee Lovelock, who played the role of the garrulous Nurse – I loved her first speech, and the reactions from Lady Capulet and Juliet – overall a very good portrayal, with plenty of ups and downs in passions and expression.
Sophie Venn took on the part of Escalus, giving us plenty of energy and a real feel of power that the Governor of Verona should have – nicely achieved.
The other smaller parts within the play were undertaken by members of the company, often doubling up as servants etc, I particularly liked Isabelle Lepore in her role as Chorus – she spoke well with understanding of the words and good projection.
Overall an excellent production with good performances, that really brought Romeo and Juliet to life.
“ROMEO & JULIET” TADS Theatre, Toddington
review date 12th May 2016
Written, Directed & Produced by: Sue Sachon