Romeo and Juliet gets a football-rivalry twist

masked supporters: Fulwell Junior School perform Romeo and Juliet with a Magpies v Black Cats twist.
masked supporters: Fulwell Junior School perform Romeo and Juliet with a Magpies v Black Cats twist.
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ROMEO and Juliet will take on a new twist when Wearside pupils perform as part of a national festival.

Fulwell Junior School has been chosen to take part in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival and will take to the stage in Newcastle tonight.

The talented young actors will bring a football rivalry theme to the love story with the two families featured in the play in black and red.

The Montagues, will be the Magpies of Newcastle United, in black, and the Capulets are the (Black) Cats of Sunderland AFC, in red.

Carol Hands, a members of staff at the Chapman Street school, said they are the only Sunderland primary school taking part in the festival and everyone is excited for the performance at The Northern Stage.

She said: “We had a choice of plays and we went for Romeo and Juliet. The children are all really excited and the play is fab.

“The production also includes dancing and both the music and costumes have quite a punk vibe. For example the two narrators are scurrying rats dressed in leather jackets and the wedding scene is accompanied by Billy Idol’s White Wedding.”

Teacher at the school, David Peat, has directed the play and it was him who got the inspiration for the theme from the rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle football fans.

Mrs Hands said the whole school project for this year is entitled All The World’s A Stage, and taking part in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival is just part of that.

Last week the children taking part in Romeo and Juliet, donned their costumes to perform scenes from the play to the rest of the school.

The only other Sunderland school taking part in the festival is Barbara Priestman Academy and the students will take to the stage at Northern Stage tonight (November 12) for their production of The Tempest.

This is the seventh time the Meadowside school has taken part in the festival.