BoxLit Theatre – Romeo & Juliet
“BoxLit Theatre reimagines classical texts using a synthesis of film projection, live theatre, evocative music and inventive storytelling. With a pop-up glowing white cube containing a large projection screen and LED lighting, our theatre is self-lit, portable and dynamic. As well as theatres, we tour our shows to site specific venues.” – BoxLitTheatre.co.uk
With the goal of making theatre accessible and affordable for everyone, BoxLit Theatre brings a new imaginative take to the stories we know so well. Their current production is the famous Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet.
With a background in live theatre, cinema, production, directing and acting, the company is made up of three brilliant artists who have brought the story to life in an abridged 1-hour version. Using only a light box frame, the staging is beautifully simplistic with projections on the back well to assist with storytelling throughout.
Both actors took on many of the characters between them, showing the audience the change through cleverly simplistic costume, change of body language and voice acting. The skill alone to play so many people yet keep it so clear to those watching needs to be high. It is safe to say that Ms Chloe Lewis, and Mr Seb Christophers did not disappoint.
Their stage chemistry was very strong and the physical acting involved throughout the performance never wavered in energy. The staging within the light box, combined with the cinematic use of filmed clips, voice clips and music created a highly charged, exciting yet wonderfully simple version of this beautiful story.
“We make everything ourselves… it’s the beauty of being able to bring everything with you.” The staging light box, costumes and equipment has allowed BoxLit Theatre to bring a new and unique structure of performace to the table and it is even more exciting to hear that sometime in the future they hope to run completely off of reusable energy and be 100% environmentally friendly.
Our Year 11s really enjoyed the performance and we hope it has inspired them further in their study of Shakespeare.