Cumbernauld Theatre Company enlists HND Acting students to star in Romeo and Juliet: Remixed

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HND Acting students are starring in an exciting new staging of Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers.

Romeo and Juliet: Remixed is a co-production between Cumbernauld Theatre and New Clan Arts.

The promenade-style production uses the labyrinthine corridors of the theatre to create an unusual adaptation of the Bard’s classic.

The format, inspired by the works of the renowned Punchdrunk Theatre Company, involves scenes taking place simultaneously in different rooms – and audiences are free to walk between those rooms.

The collaboration came about after Ed Robson, the artistic director of Cumbernauld Theatre, approached the College’s Performing Arts team with his idea for an innovative project based on Romeo and Juliet that would be professionally produced, with students taking on all the lead roles.

Mr Robson said: “Taking an entirely new approach, this production allows the audience to decide which scenes they see by walking through a series of rooms, in an immersive theatre experience, discovering the show as they go along.

“The HND Acting students have been fantastic and committed throughout the creative learning process.

“They have shown professionalism and willingness to experiment with new ideas, which are both key to becoming a creative actor.”

Thirty students from the Coatbridge Campus underwent three weeks of intensive rehearsals for the production.

Performing Arts lecturer Gregor Duncan added: “We are delighted our students have the opportunity to work alongside professional directors to produce a fully-fledged public production.

“This is an opportunity that is rarely available to students on a college course and one that we hope to build on in the future.”

Romeo and Juliet: Remixed is at Cumbernauld Theatre until Saturday, February 11. It is suitable for ages over 16.

Performances start at 7.30pm, tickets are priced £12 adult/£10 concessions, and are available by calling 01236 732887 or by visiting www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk

Anyone with mobility support needs should notify the theatre at the time of booking.

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