I became obsessed with Romeo and Juliet during my GCSE year – watching the Baz Luhrmann adaptation on repeat and claiming to be ‘revising’. I also became a huge fan of Baz Luhrmann- his way of capturing high emotion in a highly visual almost fantastical manner blows me away and I’m no stranger to sobbing my way through Moulin Rouge or The Great Gatsby.
Backyard Cinema had decided to show Romeo and Juliet, and as if the film wasn’t emotional enough already, they had teemed up with the Some Voices choir and set the whole thing in St. Mary’s Church Marylebone. I had my tissues at the ready, and thanks to the themed bar downstairs (Verona Beach style), a bottle of wine in tow.
The church was incredibly set out, with lights and flowers mimiking that of the film, and the scene at the front replicating that part of the story in the church tomb… It felt as if you had become part of the scene as you took your place in the pew.
I managed to watch a film I’ve seen a thousand times in a completely new way, and the Some Voices choir made me want to get up there and join in (given my voice- probably not what they wanted). A head’s up in case you didn’t already know though, like the rest of Baz Luhrmann’s films, there isn’t a happy ending…
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”