Romeo and Juliet – REVIEW

Peregrine Maturin-Baird and Ivy Dillon - Romeo and Juliet - Photo Robert Day (4)

There is no greater, nor more ominous, setting for Shakespeare’s youthful tragedy than at the atmospheric St Martin’s Church in Colchester, where the Mercury Theatre Young Mercury Theatre Young Company - Romeo and Juliet - Photo Robert DayCompany perform Romeo and Juliet until Sunday 28th August. We’re transported to fair Verona as we step inside the old, redundant church, unknowingly choosing a side: Capulet or Montague, in this standing-only performance. From the timber-vaulted ceiling hangs pages from the Bard’s most popular play, whilst a series of small stages adorn the Gothic nave, with a balcony at one end. The set is simple, but rightly so as the cobweb-laden stained glass windows, huge, high ceilings and clever lighting provide a felicitous backdrop that needs little else.

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Wind in the Willows – REVIEW

Cast WITW (Photo Darren Bell) (2)

The Mercury Theatre’s latest home-grown show, Wind in the Willows, is perhaps their most inventive production yet thanks to a highly imaginative set concentrated around scaffolding, simple hanging lights and innovative piles of old rubbish, used as props by the multi-talented cast, who also double up as the show’s orchestra.

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