Actors of Ivano-Frankivsk drama theatre carry out through the “Romeo and Juliet” play staged within the industrial halls of an outdated Soviet manufacturing facility in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine Might 29, 2021. Image taken Might 29, 2021. REUTERS/Sergei Karazy
June 4, 2021
By Sergiy Karazy and Margaryta Chornokondratenko
KYIV (Reuters) – A theatre in Ukraine’s Ivano-Frankivsk has reinvented William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, staging it within the industrial halls of an outdated Soviet manufacturing facility.
Earlier than the efficiency begins, spectators are given exhausting hats and a map to navigate by the manufacturing facility’s workshops and on to the theatre’s basement.
The viewers follows the actors by completely different places because the efficiency unfolds, watching from completely different angles.
Rostyslav Derzhypilsky, head of Ivano-Frankivsk drama theatre and director of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, offers Shakespeare’s story a contemporary twist. As an alternative of the opening scene of a ball on the Capulet’s home, Romeo meets Juliet in a nightclub.
Derzhypilsky mentioned he wished the efficiency to have a ‘post-apocalyptic’ really feel.
“This location is extraordinarily tough. But it surely completely matches for example the collision of spirituality, religion and the love of Romeo and Juliet and the world that surrounds them,” Derzhypilsky informed Reuters.
The long-lasting balcony kiss between Romeo and Juliet takes place in an industrial watch tower and a struggle between Tybalt and Mercutio erupts inside a large cage.
Younger actor Oleh Panas, who performs Romeo, mentioned he was daunted when he noticed the improvised manufacturing facility stage for the primary time.
“On one hand, the placement swallows the actor, it’s exhausting to not get misplaced inside this colossal setting,” Panas mentioned.
“However then again, (it) provides worth to the efficiency idea and to the actor’s feelings. A chilly, large space, stairs – all these parts strengthen an actor’s emotions.”
(Modifying by Ros Russell)