“This is what you came to see. The music has stopped. The stage is still. This is important. Very important. You’re not allowed to see it. Not Yet. We wanted to make something. Make something for you. When you leave this place, you will carry it with you”.
From the moment that Flight of the Valkyries opens the show, Romeo is Dead is a brilliant clash of contradictions.
Conceived, devised and performed by Jack Coverdale and Jack Leng, the production is an exploration of the classic portrayal of the death scene, and meshes together hopes and dreams, Shakespearian references and escapism.
The Fallenwall Arts duo are deft at playing off one another, Coverdale’s vulnerable and philosophical character contrasting with Leng’s extrovert and hysterical outbursts.
The production is short, at a shade under half an hour, but Fallenwall make sure it’s packed with innovative and tonal quirks.
Coverdale’s frequent breaking of the fourth wall adds an extra element to proceedings, and the swift changes in mood make for a production that is never dull.
Romeo is Dead plays tonight, 8:30 at the Adelphi pub. Fallenwall are also performing at the Fox Street Arts & Media Centre at 7pm today and tomorrow.