NYT in 2019
ROMEO & JULIET - January 2019
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” was taken quite literally, by a group of young people this summer who turned Quality Street into the setting for Shakespeares Romeo & Juliet.
A talented troupe of teens worked tirelessly over their school holidays to perform a series of scenes from Romeo and Juliet.
Directed by 3 Shakespeare enthusiasts from Whangarei Girls High School; Reagan Feilding, Georgia Harrold and Ayesha Simperingham, recent winners of the “Most innovative student directed interruption Award” at the Sheilah Winn National Shakespeare Festival in Wellington in 2018.
The cast was made up of students from WGHS, WBHS, Te Kapehu Whetu and Tauraroa Area School, nutting out the meaning of the txt and learning the craft of speaking it.
WBHS student Xeno Clark created all the props and weapons, WGHS student Lexi Laybourn was the fight choreographer and NYT Alumnus Hayley Douglas designed and created the costumes.
“It’s great to see the whole cast experiencing their own enjoyment in Shakespeare, you can feel their love of the rhythm and poetry in the language” - Jan Fisher Dramaturg
During the performance the audience was invited to follow the cast as the story unfolded. Starting in Cameron Street and moving through Quality Street.
Over the 4 performance days, 490 people crowed in the streets to watch this amazing youth led street theatre.
“Performing in the street creates its own energy, it’s a space we’re all familiar with but it makes us see both the street and the play in a totally new way as the audience becomes part of the performance”. - Jan Fisher
“Quality Street is the perfect setting for Shakespeare, as it feels like you’ve stepped out of Whangarei and into another time and place. We are incredibly privileged to have the support of the Fat Camel, Turmeric, Amici and the Quality Street landlords to allow us this opportunity. The directors and cast just blow me away with their dedication and passion and are already discussing future Shakespearean performances. We hope to make this a regular Summer Street Theatre, led by Northland youth” – Hayley Clark NYT manager
Photos by Rebecca Evans