Acclaimed dance duo perform ‘Shakespier’

29 Sep 2019


The tragic tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers will be given a fresh-take beneath the moonlight on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier next month.
 
Dance Dynamic Weston is a new season of spectacular international dance being presented by North Somerset’s pioneering arts organisation Theatre Orchard at a number of venues in the seaside resort.
 
The Grand Pier’s Regency Suite will host Juliet and Romeo on Friday October 18, when two dancers from Lost Dog will perform within a contained floor space surrounded by the audience, to create an intimate and enthralling experience.
 
The event is a twist on the traditional tale because in this version, the love-struck couple didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they actually grew up and went on to live happily ever after – or at least, they lived.
 
Now they are in their forties and at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis; they feel mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the ‘poster couple’ for romantic love.
 
They decide to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.
 
With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy this stunning duet, directed by Olivier Award nominated Ben Duke, is a humorous and heartfelt look at love, loss, longevity and our cultural obsession with youth.
 
Fiona Matthews, creative director at Theatre Orchard said: “We’re massively excited to be bringing this acclaimed dance production to Weston’s Grand Pier from the ever-original Lost Dog. 
 
“Join us and the star-crossed lovers under the moonlit sky at the end of Weston Pier in the grandeur of the Regency Suite, for an intoxicating new spin on this classic story. 
 
“We can even offer a balcony for the pre-show drinks.  Now that really is ‘a bounty as boundless as the sea’.”
 
Juliet and Romeo by Lost Dog has earned many positive reviews so far.
 
The Guardian described the performance as: “Pure pleasure. Smart, subversive and sexy”, while The Stage said the show was; “Superb. Devastating realism and dark humour.” Time Out said it was: “Insightful, funny and rich. Smoulders with equal parts lust and loathing” and The Times said it was: “Squirmingly funny and no less heartbreaking.”
 
The Independent said: “Glorious. Full of warmth and intimacy” and The Observer said it was: “Wonderful. Shakespeare’s lovers live on.”
 
Tickets for the performance, which starts at 7.30pm and runs for 80 minutes, cost £12 and can be booked from www.theatreorchard.org.uk/weston
 
For full details of the wide range of rides, attractions, events and activities available at the Grand Pier all year round, visit www.grandpier.co.uk
 
Acclaimed dance duo perform ‘Shakespier’
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