Romeo & Juliet
by William Shakespeare
2016, Pop-up Globe, Auckland NZ
Directed by Ben Naylor
This production opened Auckland’s Pop-up Globe, a full-scale, postmodern pop-up replica of the Second Globe Theatre created for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. With a multi-national, multi-ethnic cast, we drew upon Renaissance Masque and sword-fighting manuals and the Maori powhiri and kapa haka for movement; the costumes were non-specifically contemporary, using the shapes and imagery of punk and gang culture, while retaining a Catholic backdrop and Renaissance status structures. The live music referenced contemporary teenage music tastes – hip-hop, rock and Taylor Swift – as well as traditional folk; and we concluded with a jig.
Photography by Peter Meecham