Shakespeare Nation play brings together refugees and other groups for special production inspired by Romeo and Juliet.
Palm To Palm was created by three local groups from Norwich, with little or no previous experience of Shakespeare. They were:
- Evolve (Mancroft Advice Project) a monthly group for 11-25-year-olds who are transgender, intersex, genderqueer and gender-questioning young people
- New Routes which works at grassroots level in Norwich with refugees, asylum seekers and isolated migrants from over 40 countries speaking 25-plus different languages, and promotes cross-cultural integration and community awareness
- University of East Anglia students and staff
Working with practitioners from Norwich Theatre Royal and the RSC, the groups began by exploring their own links with the themes within Romeo and Juliet and imagining a journey from somewhere very different and arriving in a provincial city, in a world filled with new colours, new freedoms, new loves - a melting pot of cultures and gender.
The groups performed Palm To Palm, a devised piece of theatre based on the themes of Romeo and Juliet and directed by Miche Montague, at Norwich Theatre Royal, on 20 November 2019.