Co Lab by Tarabeth Wood (review)

What an exciting evening of entertainment. I’d heard good things about CoLab, but wasn’t sure what to expect from their take on Romeo and Juliet. The 90’s rave theme was perfection and I loved the small touches in the cast’s outfits, the set and also the welcome into the Capulet family- it took me right back to my misspent youth! I don’t want to give too much away, as part of the appeal is not knowing what is coming next, but it was a skilled take on a much beloved Shakespearean classic. It was both a plus and a minus that there were often lots of things going on at the same time. Although I was loving what was happening in front of me, I was curious about the noises coming from the other room. It’s certainly a show you could keep coming back to and have a totally different experience each time! They even mention that depending on the missions completed, you are able to change how events unfold- I’m not sure enough to save the star crossed lovers however!

A little warning that you might be better wearing your doc martins than your platform heels to move around at ease during the show.

The actors were all phenomenal and I particularly enjoyed the ‘club owner’ character and his rousing speeches. My only criticism would be that during the ‘Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo’ scene it was a little hard to see what was happening, otherwise a great show!

Tarabeth Wood