“Fight, dance and passion” are promised, but much much more is delivered in Renegade Theatre’s breathtaking, breakdancing reinvention of Romeo and Juliet.
The German hip-hop show was a sensation at the Edinburgh Fringe two years ago.
Brilliant use of video clips and digital graffiti immediately wins over an enthusiastic audience as the scene is set for a Verona of high rise estates and rival breakdance gangs.
Nine dancers compete in a dazzling display of headspins and robotics – a beautifully scored and choreographed Shakespeare for today.
Overflowing with wit and charm, it manages a poignant ending – though some young dance fans were still shaking off a fit of the giggles.
African Soul Rebels
Bristol, Fri 3 March
Liverpool, Sat 4 March
African Soul Rebels sees performances from Souad Massi, Amadou & Mariam and Emmanuel Jal. Emmanuel, a former child soldier forced to join the Sudanese rebel militia, has transformed himself into one of Africa’s top hip-hop artists.
And the blind Malian vocal duo Amadou & Mariam provide a fitting finale with a fabulously seductive mix of guitar blues, Latin rock and big band swing.
Mark Steel Lectures
Mark Steel returns with another series of his award winning lectures. He’ll take us on a trip into the slightly off-centre world of great thinkers, including Charlie Chaplin, Geoffrey Chaucer, René Descartes, Che Guevara and Harriet Tubman.
And you can read Mark Steel’s new column next week in SR magazine with Socialist Worker.