Weerz me fella? asks Steel City Juliet on stage

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will swap ‘fair Verona’ for Norfolk Street this weekend as the famous play is given a unique Steel City twist for the Sheffield Children’s Festival.

The cast of Hillsborough’s Inyerface Theatre Company will take to the Crucible stage on the festival’s final night this Saturday, to reprise their musical version of the Bard’s tragic love story, complete with local dialect and music from some of the city’s favourite bands.

Songs by the Arctic Monkeys, the Human League, Joe Cocker and Reverend and the Makers all feature in the production, which blends Shakespeare’s original verse with modern day Sheffield.

Hilary Osborn, the company’s musical director and founder, said: “It’s great for our youngsters to perform on the Crucible stage. The cast love it and hopefully it will help them to appreciate that Shakespeare can still be relevant and above all great fun.”

Coun Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield Council, added: “This is what the Children’s Festival is all about - nurturing talent and helping Sheffield youngsters release their creative potential.”