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O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou, Romeo… and Juliet?

Written by Claire Speer, 18th May 2010

The search is on for a pair of budding young actors to play the star-crossed lovers in a major new production of Romeo and Juliet. Merseyside Community Theatre (MCT): Alt Valley 2010 is an ambitious project coordinated by The Reader Organisation, and directed by Neil Caple (Royal Shakespeare Company, Brookside), which will culminate in five performances at Croxteth Fire Station, 26th -28th August.

It’s not just Romeo and Juliet that we're looking for either. We want to hear from anyone, from all walks of life, ages, and experience, who would like to be a part of this unique production at the fire station.

If you want to be involved, you will be. People are needed to work back-stage, to paint scenery, and to design costumes. You can even make the tea if you’d like! It’s a bit like ‘Merseyside’s Got Talent’, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase the extraordinary talent Merseyside has to offer. There will be a few surprises along the way, too.

Neil Caple, Director, says:

The production will be aided by a sprinkling of professionals, who will help and guide performers from the community.

I can think of one name in particular that is going to surprise a few people with her involvement. She’s never done anything quite like this before, and I can’t wait to start working with her. But we’ll tantalise everyone for a little longer with that one.

Romeo and Juliet will rehearse in Croxteth throughout July and August 2010. Auditions for speaking parts will be held 28th June – 9th July at Croxteth Lifestyles Gym.

If you are interested in taking part in any way, whatever your level of experience, please contact Neve for more information:, or call 07807 106814.

MCT is coordinated by The Reader Organisation and has been made possible thanks to the support of: Arts Council England, Cobalt Housing, Mersey Care NHS Trust, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseytravel, Neighbourhood Management Services (Alt Valley), University of Liverpool and 2010 Year of Health and Wellbeing.

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