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Romeo and Juliet-Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival

Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's best known plays, and particularly for those of us who were teenagers in the 90s a certain film version is more than etched into our minds as well. Personally speaking as well this was, by pure accident rather than design, the third Romeo and Juliet I'd seen in a month. 
Within minutes any fears of this being a 'by the numbers' version of the play were quickly dispelled. Co-directors Mark Modzelwski and Jack Paterson have created an innovative approach to the play. It's a dark, production that brings out the more disturbing streaks often glossed over for the easier romantic elements of the play. 'Easy' also isn't something you would use to describe the production-the audience is asked to work as well by challenging them to engage with an alternative look at the text. 



The elements are all there, the warring families, the glamourous moments, the fights, and of course the lovers. But it's a world that might not b…

'Allo 'Allo - Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival

Last night saw the second show in Cardiff Open Air theatre, classic comedy 'Allo 'Allo. Now if nothing else, I think we can all agree we need a good laugh right now, and the company don't disappoint on that front.

Staging classic sitcom 'Allo 'Allo on stage has elements of both blessing and curse for any actors. On the plus side, you know the material is already a hit, on the negative, it's already been a hit on television and that can be a tough act to follow. The cast rise to that challenge admirably, and the audience respond warmly to familiar characters and catchphrases while the cast breathes new life into familiar characters.
For those unfamiliar, 'Allo 'Allo was a BBC sitcom which ran between 1982-1992. Set in World War Two in a small town in occupied France where Rene Artois runs a cafe. When not running a cafe he is in turn helping the resistance, hiding clueless British airmen, helping hide stolen artworks and generally being involved in mu…