|10th – 13th December
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Kildare Youth Theatre @ Crooked House
8.00pm (and also Sat 3.00pm matinee)
Preview Tues 9th. Tickets: €10 and €8.
Directed by Peter Hussey and Darren Donohue.
Designed by Ciarán Aspell.
For four nights only we presented this robust and contemporary
staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy by the innovative
and award-winning Kildare Youth Theatre @ Crooked House. This
production was set in the underworld of a crime-weary city
dominated by two feuding drug cartels, where restless young
men are bored and always eager for a fight, and where love
profits no-one, least of all the young.Shakespeare’s
timeless and tragic tale of star-cross’d lovers was
performed by actors who are – unusually in Irish productions
of this play – the same age as their characters. Most
productions are delivered by adults pretending to be teenagers.
This is a fast and racy production, performed with conviction
by the accomplished young actors who wowed critics in London
in the summer.The play examines what happens when two teenagers
break with tradition and try to love each other rather than
hate each other. In the adult world where war, vengeance and
violence are normal, their love is obsessive, revolutionary,
fierce, and doomed.Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s
most popular plays, written at a time when the brief vogue
for courtly sonnet writing was at its height. It fitted perfectly
with the general mood of those poets who were exploring and
expressing the sensations of love during the early 1590’s.
Featuring Joe Byrne as Romeo, and Ali Cunningham sharing
the role of Juliet with Orla Kelly.
Other principle roles were played by Catriona Curran, Neil
Connolly, Ian Hollinshead, Colm Ivers, Des Phillips, Mary
Duffin, Laura Mc Gann, Sarah O’ Farrell, Anna Brennan,
Seán Reid, Eoin Barnes, Joseph Byrne, and Laurence
The supporting cast are Rachel Lally, Adam Conroy, Emma Jane
Dempsey, Noel Gannon, Janette Walsh, Kate O’ Meara,
Declan Armstrong, Sinead Devlin, Gavin Armstrong, Karla Duffy,
Sophie Longwill, Jonathan Boothe, Sophie Cadogan, Lydia Farrell,
Joanne Browne, Jill O’ Donnell, Susan Tinsley, Jenni
Mac Mahon, Emer Dherty, Lydia Tyrrell, Olwen Kelly, Orla Tinsley,
Derek Walsh, Aimee Hanks, Kirstin Armstrong, Deirdre O’
Donnell, Gillian Harrington-Lynch, and Aoife Whelan.
The stage management team included Mary Duffin, Aoife Whelan
and Ross Mac Mahon.