Romeo and Juliet
But this version showcased a side to Shakespeare that I’ve never ‘gotten’ before.
It was clear that these were young children, at only 14 years old. They’re both childish, have tantrums, give cheek to their elders and break the rules. In one adapted scene, Juliet secretly necks wine on the balcony whilst Romeo gazes on at her drunken stupor. This is age old angry teenage stuff that most of us go through – bar the fancy balcony bit…
I did feel myself, by the second half, wanting to grab Juliet by the shoulders to shake her into some sense. Just so she would stop whining on about this boy she literally met, not even met – saw(!), a day ago who is now apparently the love of her life! But that is exactly what teenagers do. They’re dramatic, sensitive, impulsive and often fall in what they think is love, deep and fast.