This session of Coventry Convocations involved Lynn Barlow Series producer has been speaking about her latest BBC Arts drama titled ‘When Romeo Met Juliet’. This involved the coaching of many local young first-time drama students and producing a modernised version of the Shakespeare drama ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
I found this talk to be very interesting as it involved Coventy’s recent history in the arts and BBC action, as well as the complications of producing a broadcast-worthy arts drama using only inexperienced actors.
This was particularly interesting because it reminded me of my first paid job in the media, being a temporary editor for the Norwich-based TV/writing company ‘Eye Film And TV’. It gave me my first taste of what it’s like to work for a company rather than for a college assignment.
This production was quite different I the way that these teenagers in ‘When Romeo Met Juliet’ had to partially learn on the job, being mentored by Paul Roseby, Lolita Chakrabati and The Hustle’s Adrian Lester.
One of the most interesting things about the talk was learning how the team attempted to make Shakespear popular and engaging with the teenagers and setting the story in 1980’s Coventry, with all the two-tone and individualist culture.