We worked with the Nottingham People's Choir to help them create their own version of Romeo and Juliet as part of Shakespeare Nation.
On Friday 26 July, the Nottingham People's Choir performed their Shakespeare-inspired show Capulets and Candyfloss for an audience of friends and family, backed by singers from Nottingham Voice Collective.
Working with two professional actors playing the roles of Romeo and Juliet, the choir mixed extracts from Shakespeare's play with their own stories and songs to retell the famous tale through their memories of love, loss and life. The show was set against the backdrop of the Nottingham Goose Fair. You can watch a video about the project below.
The Nottingham People’s Choir is a community project funded by the Institute of Mental Health, who have been meeting at the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall (TRCH) for weekly singing sessions and performances since 2013. They prepared for the show by seeing our touring production of Romeo and Juliet in February, then held weekly sessions with our creatives and the team from TRCH.
Their performance is part of our Shakespeare Nation project, which aims to engage over 3,000 adults across the UK who wouldn't normally visit their local theatre, and who might not believe that theatre, and especially Shakespeare, is for them.
Dr Theo Stickley, the People’s Choir founder, said: “This project is an exciting experience for the choir to be involved with such a prestigious company as the RSC. Our choir members are enthusiastic amateurs brought together by the power of singing, so it’s a real honour to be working with the RSC.”
Our Shakespeare Nation Participation Producer, Ian Wainwright, added: “We’ve been hugely impressed by how the People’s Choir has responded to both the workshops and the production. Our directors, actors and practitioners have really enjoyed working with them. The choir brings not only great humour, enthusiasm and commitment, but their own experience and a unique insight to one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies.”