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Romeo and Juliet given mods v rockers twist in Valentines Park

PUBLISHED: 14:47 23 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47 23 June 2017

Oddsocks presents Romeo and Juliet

Oddsocks presents Romeo and Juliet

Jeremy Abrahams

Shakespeare's plays are considered to be among the greatest of all time and have been performed at the most prestigious theatres in the world.

Oddsocks presents Romeo and JulietOddsocks presents Romeo and Juliet

However in the famous playwright’s day his productions were often performed in front of loud and boisterous audiences.

In fact the etiquette we associate with the theatre was almost nonexistent at the time and a new take on the classic Romeo and Juliet aims to recapture the atmosphere of old.

Oddsocks Productions’ mod vs rockers take on the tragic love story comes to Valentines Mansion Gardens, Emerson Road, on Sunday, June 25 and will be unlike any previous version of the bard’s work you may have seen.

Director Andy Barrow explained what makes their productions different from others.

Oddsocks presents Romeo and JulietOddsocks presents Romeo and Juliet

“Oddsocks is an independent self-funded theatre company,” said Andy. “We like to get out and about touring the country by producing classic works, often Shakespeare, and making them accessible and entertaining.

“We are taking the idea of the way Shakespeare performed his plays and bringing them up to date and making them relevant to today’s audiences.”

Andy plays Nurse in the production alongside Rebecca Little as Juliet and both are looking forward to the challenge of bringing something new to Romeo and Juliet after their recent run of Macbeth.

“Macbeth is exciting and dramatic, I really enjoyed doing Macbeth last year but I like to sink my teeth into something new and different in the form of Romeo and Juliet.

“It’s full of vibrant characters and is a really great story to tell, especially outdoors.”

The setting of the play has been moved from Verona to Brighton beach and the play features a live on-stage car chase which is typical of the wacky sense of fun that Oddsocks aim to bring to their shows.

“Yes, it is as fun as it looks,” said Rebecca. “That’s not to say we don’t all take it seriously but the nature of Oddsocks’ work is that it’s very inclusive, and we’re always trying different ideas to make it accessible and entertaining.”

The show starts at 6pm and tickets, which cost £12, can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2qf4rIv.

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