Alumna Storme Toolis, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama and English and American Literature in 2014, will be present her show Redefining Juliet at London’s Barbican this week, on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November 2018.
Storme, who has cerebral palsy, casts three performers to share the role of the eponymous heroine of Shakespeare’s tragic love story. Driven by her own desire to play Juliet, she choses actors whose femininity and value have been questioned by society. Redefining Juliet combines scenes from Romeo and Juliet with the performers’ own hard-hitting, personal stories. In selecting those who would not typically be given the opportunity to play this leading character, Strome challenges widely held societal ideals about beauty and desirability.
Storme has also appeared in the movie version of The Inbetweeners (2011) and BBC1’s New Tricks (in 2013).
The play is directed by Robin Norton Hale, in collaboration with the Barbican and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Tickets for the performance cost £8/15.
For more details, please see the Barbican’s webpage here: