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School’s Romeo comes to Riverside

Published 30 October 2009

A South London school has been offered the chance to stage its production of Romeo And Juliet at Riverside Studios this autumn.

Kidbrooke School’s modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, which was presented at Greenwich theatre earlier this year, transfers to the Hammersmith venue from 17 to 21 November.

Using dance and physical theatre, the production aims to deal with the themes of the play – knife crime, gang violence and loss of life – in a contemporary and fast-moving style relevant to young people today. The cast of 20 students is directed by the school’s Head of Drama Lucy Cuthbertson, a founder member of theatre company Ridiculusmus.

James Haddrell, Director of Greenwich theatre said: “This production, and the news of its London transfer, undoubtedly confirms Kidbrooke School as home to one of the most talented school companies in the country. It is one thing welcoming a school company into their local theatre, it’s something else to take that production and present it for a week elsewhere in London.”

This is not the first time that the work of Kidbrooke School’s drama department has been seen by a wider audience. The school previously collaborated with Greenwich theatre to present an adaptation of Ali Smith’s Hotel World, which was subsequently seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Kidbrooke has also participated in the Shakespeare Drama Festival and the National Theatre’s Connections programme.

Romeo And Juliet is suitable for ages 13 and over.

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