COLAB Theatre bring a new immersive alternative to Romeo and Juliet, Montagues and Capulets, to a temporary warehouse London location.
Star-crossed lovers, rival families, we all know the story – but would we change it if we could? COLAB Theatre brings Montagues and Capulets, a unique adaption of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in a warehouse squat during the 1990’s.
“For never was a story of more woe…”
But this time the audience decides where this story goes, with their choices and actions changing the fate of Juliet and her Romeo. The competing families divide the audience up as either a Montague or Capulet – these violent delights have violent ends.
COLAB is an Immersive Theatre company who strive to create unforgettable experiences by making completely new worlds designed to tell a story. Utilising buildings and locations around London and the UK, COLAB bring the untapped world around us alive using old, new and borrowed stories they enable their audience to engage in stories as much or as little as they wish and take audiences back, forward and sideways in time by creating interactive experiences that people can live in. Writer and director Bertie Watkins intends to update this classic tale to reflect a modern world:
“For Montagues and Capulets, I wanted to completely reshape Shakespeare for the modern audience. Romeo and Juliet is a love story we’ve heard many times but I wanted to focus on the tribalism and tragedy of the play. The lovers’ death is a result of the war between the families and I want the audience to feel responsible for the ending. It will hopefully highlight the tragedy of an ‘us and them’ culture that is happening across the globe.
Pulling on the skills we’ve learnt as a company over the last couple of years, we have created a tale you can truly feel a part of and using four different endings means we give the audience true autonomy over the fate of the lovers. This along with some of the most beautiful writing in history will hopefully make for a show not to miss. “
Montagues and Capulets plays The CoLab Factory from 24 March – 27 April 2017. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website.