The Best of European Theatre in Bury St Edmunds

The Whistle. Picture: Alex Brenner ANL-160321-152850001
The Whistle. Picture: Alex Brenner ANL-160321-152850001

The Best of BE FESTIVAL tour is appearing at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on April 7 and will feature a new take on Romeo & Juliet, an unusual dance production and a virtuoso display of circus skills.

#sobrejulieta sees Carlota Gaviño of Grumelot, Madrid try to win our hearts in a stripped-back Romeo and Juliet.

Italian company TIDA needs to stage a dance production but is bereft of cast and crew thanks to the financial crisis, so willing audience members are recruited to take on various duties with hilarious results.

Irish performer Darragh McLoughlin invites spectators to determine what they watch, prompting their eyes to open and close during a multitude of rapid scene changes.

Packed with deft circus skills and underpinned by a hidden narrative, The Whistle is genius in its simplicity. 

All performances throughout the tour will conclude with post-show discussions and at certain venues audiences have the opportunity to enjoy an informal chat with the artists over dinner after the show.

Miguel Oyarzun, BE FESTIVAL co-director said: “These three shows were a real hit with last year’s festival crowd and we’re thrilled to be taking them on tour.

“The productions span a range of physical and dramatic genres and the tour continues our commitment to encouraging connections between artists and audiences from different backgrounds.”

Co-Director, Isla Aguilar added: “This is our fifth UK tour and this year we’re particularly excited to be presenting a refreshing one-woman’s take on Romeo and Juliet in the year that marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.”

BE FESTIVAL champions emerging theatre, dance and circus artists from across Europe with an annual programme presented in Birmingham.

Conceived in 2010 by Mike Tweddle, Miguel Oyarzun and Isla Aguilar, BE FESTIVAL brings together the most daring and unforgettable new performances from Europe for the festival and also UK tour.

BE FESTIVAL has a particular focus on work which transcends cultural, linguistic and artistic boundaries and supports artists in finding new and innovative ways to engage with audiences and was voted among the UK’s top 50 festivals by the Sunday Times in 2014.

Age guidance 14 plus.

For tickets or more details call 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.