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Lauren Gauge interviews Bertie Watkins, Artistic Director of CoLab Theatre and they put the world to rights on rave culture, Romeo and Juliet, and the live event...

Bertie Watkins is the Artistic Director of CoLab Theatre and we have a good giggle discussing his latest production and getting deep into the future of the live event.

You’re staging an immersive production called Montagues and Capulets, a take clearly on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. How does CoLab Theatre decide what plays to create?

Montagues and Capulets came out of a response to the world at the moment; it feels as though things are falling apart. There’s a lot of walls being put up between countries and people. Romeo and Juliet was always about civil war and how love could potentially cure civil war. I picked this one because it seemed like it was needed in the world at the moment. However, most ideas come from an experience or a feeling that I want to give to an audience. From that pinnacle moment we explore different ideas and narratives, and wrought it around that idea.

How do you as director decide how to make a play immersive and what elements to get audience involvement with?

All of it, it has to be. The audience are there for a reason. That can mean they are complicit; that can mean that they can manipulate the narrative. Or, if they want to, they can take a back seat and do nothing while the narrative evolves around them. A decision to do nothing is still a valid and active decision.

So are the audience given an identity within the piece?

Yes. What’s lovely about this piece is that there is a little bridge between the normal theatre going audience and the more interactive theatre going audience. If you do want to sit down and watch this interactive version of Romeo and Juliet you are more than welcome to, but you are still a Montague or you are still a Capulet. You are complicit in allowing fate to cross his stars if you do nothing but sit and watch.

That's interesting: a sit down 90's rave.

Ha! If you choose to sit down yes. Although plenty would be missed if you did just sit.

The 90’s rave scene has made a comeback with real energy and across multiple cultural mediums. Why have you chosen the 90’s rave scene for Montagues and Capulets?

It all formulated from a book by Rene Denfeld called All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families about street families in the 1990's and we formed the idea from that. The book is all about these street families that started out as essentially runaway children not necessarily because they were neglected or abused, but because they were middle class and rebelling against their parents. It started off as innocent and very adolescent in showboating stories about their crimes, but it got very brutal and very violent very quickly and that for me really worked. Almost like a jigsaw there was this awesome moment when I realised that the 90’s would be the perfect setting for Romeo and Juliet.

Then there is the added bonus that the rave scene was massive back then and that apothecary and drugs were starting to be experimented with. That helped us because the apothecary had more of a reason to be there and the Friar had more of a reason to be there and be able to make this drug. Because it's always a bit of an odd thing that this friar can suddenly concoct this poisonous drug. I think Shakespeare tries to make up for it in the first soliloquy and excuse the fact that a friar who usually would never have skills with herbs is able to create a number of differing complex potions. The 1990’s setting is really helpful for us because we have the altar bread, the Bread of Christ as LSD.

Are you incorporating the musical element of the rave into it?

Yes. There are loads of 90’s references and songs from the nighties. If you want to come just for the rave, just come and rave.

Ha! Get your rave on in a safe space amidst a back story of love and war...

Ha! Yes exactly, then right outside your door there will be two teenagers killing each other…

[We laugh.] What do you think the role is of a contemporary production of a classic text?

Within adapting it or a wider context?

Consider both. It exists historically as a classic text so why don't we just leave it there as a classic text? Presumably to produce a contemporary production of that classic text and to set it in a contemporary setting such as a rave, it needs to have a role, or a function, or a purpose. So, what is the role of a contemporary production of a classic text?

It’s more what I said earlier about barriers between countries becoming more prominent and this is one of the greatest stories about civil war, one which I think is very relevant now. Humans almost seem to forget the relevance this had fifty years ago.

What is brilliant about the classics is that they are so good. Even with this text, we have pulled it apart and put it back together again and it is still so rigid and so well-crafted that it is really hard to take that brilliance away from it. Even though we say in Montagues and Capulets there are missions for you the audience to go on, you can go and collect letters and evidence, and even though there is an added narrative [spoiler alert!] – one of the characters gets kidnapped – the audience still naturally get drawn to the lovers’ narrative. There is something to be said about how magical it is.

The role of making it modern is to make it accessible and relevant. I would never want to make a play exactly as it was performed before, same set or costume, because I think that there are countless classics that have been done so well before, there’s no point. We want to make it our own and a piece that we’re proud of and bring our style to it to make it interesting for us and our audiences.

So for you, instead of a role of a contemporary production being to serve that classic text, it’s more a sense of the role of that classic text being brought into our era. Recognising that there is such a good narrative that it connects with love in a more magical way than perhaps something more contemporary has done equally as well.

That’s it I think yes. I think that’s why they keep getting done.

You mentioned you wanted ‘to focus on the tribalism and tragedy’ of the play, and obviously there exists a current prominent zeitgeist feel of ‘us and them’. How are you tackling those references and are you making this piece deliberately political?

We are indoctrinating the audience into these families. The whole beginning is a ritual where the audience become a Montague or a Capulet. Throughout the whole piece they are encouraged to fight each other. Without needing a second spoiler alert, there are a series of games that are in constant play so they are in constant competition with each other. It’s supposed to start quite playfully as street kids playing, but then past the Tybalt death (or not, depending on the audience’s steer…) it starts getting darker and it becomes more urgent. In the lovers’ narrative when you see the lovers’ death that they end up doing or not doing, (there’s another massive spoiler alert), there are different endings that we’ve done depending on the audience.

So the audience are complicit in that tribalism and tragedy and can impact the live narrative?

Yes, they can genuinely stop whoever is dying from dying. The audience are essentially challenging fate (or the chorus). Shakespeare with a happy ending!

That’s really exciting! With the live event being taken to greater extremes, in exactly this way, with the likes of immersive theatre productions, what is the impact on our ever-evolving audiences?

We’re making the audience responsible for the death of Romeo or Juliet, and if we can make our audience feel like that, then we’ve done our job. That’s what immersive is for me.

There is a trend of making an audience present and complicit. What do you see as the true pull of immersive theatre and where do you see it in 3-5 years’ time?

I’m using a term at the moment of protagonist culture. I think Protagonist Culture (and yes, I am capitalising it) has come out in the last couple of years as a response to social media. I think people are becoming their own character or protagonist of their own narrative of their life, and sharing it online; sharing all of their life online, to get all the likes they can so people are watching their life. I think that’s why immersive theatre is more popular because I think people are becoming less empathetic with characters that they are seeing on film or on stage and they are wanting to feel the emotions themselves.

I think in 3-5 years it is going to grow and grow. There are more theatre companies coming out and the bigger companies are getting bigger. I think audiences have more thirst for this kind of theatre than they do for other types of theatre. I think our audiences are always much younger, which I think is always good – it means there is a lot more longevity to it. Theatres are making wonderful work and the stage will always be prominent but as theatre gets more expensive and as more styles are being explored, I think artists are going to be wanting to explore form a lot more; looking at how you can move the audience in between the drama that’s happening in front of them rather than just being able to watch it from the outside. That’s the future of story telling for me.

I couldn’t agree more with your argument on form.

An actual breaking of the actual forth wall, that’s what immersive is for me.

Specifically: an actual breaking of the actual fourth wall.

Ha! Some people say they are breaking the fourth wall when they speak to an audience member or an usher is dressed up in the world of the piece. That’s not immersive. Audiences being a part of the drama, that’s immersive for me.

Montagues and Capulets runs until 27th April at The CoLab Factory, 74 Long Lane, London, SE1 4AU.

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