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Review: Romeo and Juliet

Wild Goose Have Done It Again


I never pass up an opportunity to attend a Wild Goose Theatre production, and this opening night performance of Romeo and Juliet reminded me exactly why. Oxford Castle and Prison witnessed a stunning reimagination as WGT brought Shakespeare's timeless tragedy to life within its historic walls.

The imposing sun kissed stone towers of the Castle transported the audience to the romance of Verona. The stripped-back setting not only served as a beautiful backdrop but also the perfect way to demonstrate how seamlessly the cast and crew transform any space they’re given with their immersive and captivating performances.

Despite multiple potential distractions during the show including a takeaway box floating gracefully across the stage, some teenagers heckling from the top of the mound before being swiftly removed, and it being the windiest evening July has ever seen, the cast maintained energy and effortless charm from start to finish.

The chemistry between the two leads, Romeo and Juliet, played by Cyd Cowley and Rachael Twyford, was palpable. Together, they created a mesmerizing on-stage connection, giving the tragedy complete believability and avoiding any potential awkwardness at risk in roles like this. Standout performances were also seen from supporting cast members. Notably, Nathen Golo’s laddish portrayal of Mercutio brought a delightful mix of wit and charisma, injecting much-needed comic relief into the tragedy. Billy Morton's embodiment of Benvolio balanced the intense emotions of his fellow characters, while delivering his lines with perfect comedic timing.

Wild Goose Theatre brought a fresh perspective to this iconic tragedy, with contemporary touches and intense chemistry. The directorial vision, outstanding performances, and meticulous attention to detail, created a production that breathed new life into Shakespeare's classic tragedy. This modern interpretation captivated the audience from beginning to end. Wild Goose Theatre has proven once again its ability to push boundaries and deliver powerful and immersive theatrical experiences.

For those seeking an unforgettable night of theatre, Wild Goose's Romeo and Juliet at Oxford Castle and Prison is on until 29 July and is an absolute must-see.


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