Romeo and Juliet, true love?
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Playing the Nurse
My name is Emily and I was lucky enough to be chosen to play the Nurse in Stage2 Youth Theatre’s production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. It has been my favourite play ever since I saw a fantastic production of it at the Royal Shakespeare Company when I was nine years old. Before the auditions, there was a weeklong Summer School where we paraphrased the entire play and discussed the various interpretations the text could yield. This meant that everyone in the cast could understand every line being spoken onstage and really get to grips with the emotions behind the words.
I was surprised to be cast and at first I was nervous because I didn’t want to let everyone down. Rehearsals were very exciting and you never knew quite what to expect because one moment you’d be laughing at Mercutio with the Montague gang and the next you’d be crying because of the tragic but inevitable deaths. As well as acting, we also had opportunities to learn stage combat, help create costumes and decorate masks for Capulet’s ball.