Romeo and Juliet by Curious Pheasant

Theatre (lgbt, physical theatre)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Bijou
  • 13:00
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Curious Pheasant Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)(Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Violence)
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months
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Following a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Curious Pheasant Theatre present Romeo and Juliet. This gay, all male production is a bold re-imagining of William Shakespeare's classic love story. The physical theatre piece will use two opposing rugby teams to ground the piece in the 21st century. When the two men meet, the integrity of both teams is compromised and the unyielding pride of men threatens to destroy all that they know.

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  • Accessible entry: Ramped access
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Donnie Zuo 5 days ago

It was a tough job to condense a Shakespeare play into one hour, but Curious Pheasant made valiant efforts and the result was decent. This version with a modern, LGBTQ, rugby twist was refreshing, confident and fun, revealing the strong affections between two men as well as social intolerance as represented here by toxic masculinity. One letdown was the many pillars in the Bijou venue dutifully ensuring that audience not in the inner circle would definitely have part of the show obstructed. So, queue as early as possible!

Sean Davis 7 days ago

Romeo and Juliet by Curious Pheasant (***)
The version of Shakespeare’s play has the Capulets and Montagues, including the women, cast as two rugby teams of three gay men each. I think that the play just doesn’t work because of the incongruity of having a rough rugby Juliet being lovingly wooed by her competitor. Because of its brevity, the play is further weakened by having Nurse act as a murderous thug.

This was the 72nd most enjoyable of the 113 Fringe shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Jamie Lillycrop 12 days ago

Superbly acted, unique version of the classic tale.

The high energy throughout keeps it fresh and exciting. I would recommend to anyone. Cleverly re-written and well executed.

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Theatre Reviews Design (4/5 stars) 5 days ago

With a very talented cast who are consistently sincere and earnest, this production packs a punch!

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 8 days ago

Curious Pheasant have found a way into Romeo and Juliet that feels refreshing, new, and with something important to say.

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 12 days ago

Not two households but two rugby sides in this superb gay imagining of Romeo and Juliet. Cut down to six players, this economical staging hits all the famous lines with aplomb. Using knives instead of swords and a simplified ending with a hate assault, this is a truly current interpretation.

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