Arts Alive and Shropshire have scored a real coup for Valentine’s Day with the fantastic Debs Newbold: “Story Teller, Word Wrangler, Crowd-Tamer”; and her acclaimed version of Romeo and Juliet. Pitting the Montagues against the Capulets, Debs catapults audiences into the torrid streets of Verona in an unforgettable storytelling performance. With just voice, words and a charismatic stage presence, the whole world of the play is recreated by this spellbinding performer.
This poignant and often hilarious re-telling of one of the world’s great love stories was originally commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe, and was a sell-out at the Hay Festival. Debs Newbold immerses audiences both in Shakespeare’s incomparable verse and in her own, unique, warm, poetic storytelling. This is a storyteller at the top of her game, with prestigious residencies and a double nomination at the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence. She effortlessly brings together the ancient and the urban, the poetic and the irreverent, the epic and the everyday.
Sian Kerry, Arts Alive Director, remembers: ‘our audiences raved about ‘Under her Skin’, Debs’s show with Laurel Swift in Autumn 2014. We’re thrilled to welcome back Debs with this intriguing, much-lauded, one woman version of the classic love story, which has been hailed as “a masterful piece of verbal cinema”.’
Take your loved one along to see Debs Newbold and Romeo & Juliet at
Quatt Village Hall, WV15 6QW, 7.30pm on Friday 13th February Tickets £8 / £6; 01746 781759 or 01746 781214; www.artsalive.co.uk
All Stretton Village Hall, SY6 6JR, 7.30pm on Saturday 14th February
Tickets £8 / £6; 01694 723378; www.artsalive.co.uk