MOVIE star Keira Knightley was the inspiration behind the story chosen for Young Wick’s next production in Southwick.
At the age of 13, the actress saw Baz Luhrman’s 1996 movie version of Romeo and Juliet and asked her playwright mother, Sharman Macdonald, ‘so, what happened next?’.
Sharman set about writing the poetic, tense, exciting and surreal play, After Juliet.
Young Wick will be performing the drama at the Barn Theatre in Southwick on February 6 and 7.
Judith Berrill, from Wick Theatre Company, said: “So what does happen next? Does the nurse get the sack? Who gets the blame? Did Rosaline really love Romeo?
“Come and find out by spending a highly enjoyable and intriguing evening with the Young Wick’s production of After Juliet.”
The Capulet and Montague families have called a truce after the death of Romeo and Juliet, but it soon falls apart as both sides rage against each other.
A trial is taking place to find out those responsible for the deaths of the star-crossed lovers, the aftermath of a volatile community divided.
Amid the turmoil more doomed love springs up between the main character of the play, Rosaline, Romeo’s former flame, and Benvolio Montague. Will the troubles ever be resolved?
Judith said: “Wick’s talented young actors stage this exciting drama in the round in the fine setting of the Barn Theatre.
“Unusually, this production is directed by three members of the company – Young Wick ‘graduates’ William McDonald and Isi Fink, and Barn stage favourite Mark Best, who has directed many of the excellent Young Wick productions in the past.
“All three have had great pleasure in working with the cast of young people who are playing characters of their own age, rather than having to act in parts written for adults, bringing their own ideas, energy and inventiveness to this timeless tale.
“Come and see the other side of the world’s most famous love story.”
Performances are at the Barn Theatre, part of the Southwick Community Centre complex in Southwick Street, next Friday and Saturday at 7.45pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and £7 for students. Visit www.wicktheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01273 597094.