By Taz Virdee
On Sunday 15th July 2018 – For one afternoon the Redwood Estate became Shakespeare’s Globe for our outdoor performance of Romeo & Juliet. The play was directed by young Heston West Big Local volunteers Juhi Kumra and Huzayma Khamis. We had Emaan Saleem at the delicate but strong-minded Juliet, Hana Sharif as the cool and charismatic Romeo, Callum Wills as the determined and dedicated Tybalt and Layba Nisar as the powerful and persistent Lady Capulet. We were also joined by Iman Jaura as the masterful Mercutio, Brooke Smith as the legendary Lord Montague, Anjali Parmar as the supportive Nurse, Haris Sethi as charming Paris and Mario Zapata as the mischievous Apothecary.
Romeo & Juliet was a production from Heston West Big Local’s Theatre in Education project in partnership with ZeroPlus Theatre. The project gave the opportunity for young people to take ownership, be creative and to enhance their leadership and communication skills.
Taz Virdee, Project Manager at HWBL said: “The young people have worked incredibly hard over the past 6 months to put together this amazing performance. It’s not easy coming in every Sunday, although we had our challenges, I am proud of everyone’s effort. It was brilliant seeing the young people perform on the Redwood Estate and hopefully we will see more of these performance in the future. I also would like to thank ZeroPlus Theatre for their support during the programme, it was great to have experienced practitioners from the industry inspire our young people.”
Big thanks to the Arts Council England, Cranford Community College, Local Trust and Make A Difference Entertainment. Photos credit: Haroon Lukka.
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