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Teen relationships play by Preston group to be performed in schools

Posted on - 9th October, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Romeo Jones is a modern day twist on the Shakespeare classic
Romeo Jones is a modern day twist on the Shakespeare classic

A Preston theatre company is taking its exploration of abuse and control in teen relationships into schools across Lancashire.

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Eleanow Hawthorne and Kieren Spencer perform in Romeo Jones.

Put on by Certain Curtain Theatre the play explores the story of Julie Smith, who discovers her Romeo may not be all that he appears to be.

Writer-director John Woudberg said: “Eleanor is a talented, young actress and just right for the part of Juliet Smith, which requires a mix of vulnerability and strength.

“Romeo Jones takes the world’s greatest love-story as its jumping off point but is very different from Shakespeare’s play.”

Schools across Lancashire will see the play performed thanks to support from the Police and Crime Commissioner as well as The Francis C Scott Trust.

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Actor and director Claire Moore said: “Abuse can be difficult to recognise in any relationship.

“It is especially difficult for teenagers because they are new to it all.

“Romeo Jones looks at how abuse and control may lurk behind the protestations of undying love.”

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The performances, beginning on Monday (9 October), coincide with domestic abuse awareness month and Certain Curtain are planning to tour the show nationally during 2018.

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