Cast give play heart and soul

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IT TAKES courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to take on the huge chal­lenge of a Shake­spearean tragedy. And the young stars of Acorn Theatre showed they had it in spades. Played out in a 1950s-style set­ting, com­plete with dance mu­sic, zoot suits and party dresses, the play stays true to the orig­i­nal script. Alex Bay­man’s in­tense por­trayal of Juliet was truly heart-wrench­ing, as the star-crossed lovers head to­wards in­evitable doom. Her emo­tional scenes were nicely coun­ter­pointed by Kirsty Ren­nie’s Nurse. Rus­sell Dud­ley and Brad Mor­ri­son re­ally im­pressed as the hot-blooded Mer­cu­tio and Friar Lawrence. But when it comes to courage, the award surely goes to Liam West, who stepped into the role of Romeo lit­er­ally days be­fore cur­tain up, and did a ster­ling job. The play runs tonight and to­mor­row.

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