October 2010: SEVEN DIALS FESTIVAL /SHAKESPEARE SHORTS
During the Seven Dials Festival in London’s Covent Garden, we were out and about collecting stories and chatting about dancing to members of the public. The material collected is to be a part of our continuing project exploring the Hidden Histories of those living in London’s West End.
One lady spoke of the famous and infamous ballet dancer Nureyev, rumoured to have had an affair with Fontaine; she remembered getting tickets to see him play Mercutio when he was too old for Romeo - the best tickets. She was so close she could see him at one point as he sat on stage, heavily panting, and thought to herself 'you're not going to be dancing much longer'. She remembered the disappointment of coming face to face with your hero's mortality.
- Charlotte Thompson
Some of our Congolese colleagues also joined the festival with a greatest of Congolese music. We also used the day to give the first performance of Ashamed To Kiss, a condensed version of The Taming of the Shrew, one of our Shakespeare Shorts adaptations. A few weeks later we performed it again in a double bill with Paulina, a one-woman telling of A Winter’s Tale, at The Astor Theatre Deal, Kent.
(Photos ©Adam Levy)