Romeo and Juliet find new stage in a Soviet factory in Ukraine

A theatre in Ukraine’s Ivano-Frankivsk has reinvented William Shakespeare‘s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, staging it in the economic halls of an previous Soviet factory. Earlier than the efficiency begins, spectators are given arduous hats and a map to navigate by means of the factory’s workshops and onto the theatre’s basement. The viewers follows the actors by means of totally different places because the efficiency unfolds, watching from totally different angles.

Rostyslav Derzhypilsky, head of Ivano-Frankivsk drama theatre and director of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, provides Shakespeare’s story a fashionable twist. As a substitute of the opening scene of a ball on the Capulet’s home, Romeo meets Juliet in a nightclub.

Derzhypilsky stated he needed the efficiency to have a ‘post-apocalyptic’ really feel. “This location is extraordinarily tough. But it surely completely matches for instance the collision of spirituality, religion and the love of Romeo and Juliet and the world that surrounds them,” Derzhypilsky instructed Reuters. The long-lasting balcony kiss between Romeo and Juliet takes place in an industrial watch tower and a combat between Tybalt and Mercutio erupts inside a huge cage.

Younger actor Oleh Panas, who performs Romeo, stated he was daunted when he noticed the improvised factory stage for the primary time. “On one hand, the placement swallows the actor, it’s arduous to not get misplaced inside this colossal setting,” Panas stated. “However alternatively, (it) provides worth to the efficiency idea and to the actor’s feelings. A chilly, huge space, stairs – all these components strengthen an actor’s emotions.”

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