Juliet & Romeo
Lost Dog creates performances that connect us through a unique mix of dance, theatre and comedy. The company tells stories, often based on well-known texts, that overlap and confuse personal tales and epic narratives. It’s led by Olivier Award-nominated director and choreographer Ben Duke. Duke also makes work for other companies, including the leading contemporary dance company Rambert and the circus performance group Barely Methodical Troupe. He is Dramaturg for Knot, which is also in Edinburgh Showcase 2019.
Juliet & Romeo is a duet in words and dance that explores what might have happened if Shakespeare's couple had lived and grown into middle age. It explores our obsession with youth and examines the nature of relationships. With the characters sometimes speaking directly to the audience, the piece resembles an extended therapy session in which the couple revisit the early days of their relationship. Its flexible set enables the company to perform in a wide range of venues, from main stages to small village halls. Featuring confident, engaging performances, Juliet & Romeo could offer new audiences an opportunity to discover Shakespeare or dance.
Juliet & Romeo is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is presented by The Place.
In the press
“Pure pleasure. Smart, subversive and sexy” The Guardian
"A beautiful and utterly involving show: insightful, funny and rich" Time Out
DevisorBen Duke and Solene Weinachter
DesignerLighting Designer: Jackie Shemesh, Set and Costume Designer: James Perkins
Number of people on stage2
Number of people in touring company4
2.5m(l) x 2m(w) x 1.5m(h). Total weight no more than 600 kg
Touring AvailabilityJune 2020 – December 2021
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space8m x 6m
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
Also contains:Strong Language
VenueDance Base, Studio 3, 14-16 Grassmarket Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
Production dates21–25 AUGUST
Contact for touring
Alongside the performances, the company is interested in delivering contextual events.
• Dance theatre workshops for college students, youth companies, community groups, vocational students, graduates and professionals
• Workshops/talks for English Literature students
• Creative residencies
• Choreographic commissions for youth companies and vocational training institutions and other professional companies
• Pre- and post-show talks – ideally in collaboration with a local English Literature academic with a specialism in Shakespeare’s work
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