Ok, so even if I try to sound intelligent and pretend I'm a serious Shakespeare reviewer I'm gonna look an idiot, so I'll just tell you about my night at Everyman Theatres Romeo & Juliet.
Set in beautiful Sophia Gardens is the outdoor theatre where Everyman have been holding a series of summer shows, there's been musicals, comedy, Disney and Ofcourse Shakespeare!
Huge credit must be given to the staff that manage these events, everyone is soooooo nice and they put so much effort into creating a lovely environment. The bar area is fab and for Romeo & Juliet it was decked out in pink and white and a lot of effort had been made to make it a romantic setting.
And there's oven baked Pizza there too and it's delicious! Pizza & Pimms in the park surrounded by fairy lights is just the loveliest way to start your evening at the theatre.
Ok.. Showtime, the cast assemble on the stage and it is reminiscent of a street corner in Llanrummney, a police helicopter even flew over adding to the tense fight scene that was about to take place.
I don't know much about Shakespeare but I know when something is done well and these guys are fantastic and the fight scenes so convincing I muttered ouch a couple of times under my breath.
You couldn't ask for a better setting than Sophia Gardens for a backdrop for Romeo & Juliet, as it got darker the trees were lit up and the whole set become more atmospheric.
Even tho the language was a form of English that has not been spoken in Cardiff for many many years the show is easy to follow, the acting is first class and may I add an exceptional performance from Juliet.
So, am I now a Shakespeare fan? Probably not but I'm a huge fan of Everyman and fully appreciate a great performance and that's what they give.. A Great Performance.