Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl revisits Shakespeare’s romance 20 years after the company’s renowned Maly Drama Theatre production. Directed by Declan Donnellan, who was recently awarded the Golden Lion of Venice for his ability to bring classic works to life for a contemporary audience, this modern dress production is inventive, irreverent, theatrical and powerful.
Theatre serves many purposes, but for the award winning theatre company, Not Too Tame it’s a case of theatre being for all. It’s fair to say that theatre in comparison to film and television is a medium that still has an aura of being for a certain type of individual, and is presented in the typical proscenium arched manner. Not Too Tame aims to shatter this perception, especially in the case of their latest piece, Electric Eden, which sees the company guide their audience through a disused building. Ahead of the production, the company’s founder, Jimmy Fairhurst speaks to us about creating “theatre for all”, challenges to creating a site specific piece and how the company goes about creating new pieces of work.