Words by Annabel.
I was just 12 years old when Baz Luhrmann’s modern day version of Romeo and Juliet came out at the cinema. As I watched with wide eyes, munching on popcorn in the back row, I fell madly in love with Leonardo DiCaprio. Ever since that moment, I have secretly dreamed of being Juliet, dressed in an angle costume, meeting Romeo’s lovesick gaze for the very first time at the Capulet’s ball.
Last weekend my teenage dreams came true. I went to check out Some Voices, a London based 120-voice indie choir perform their first ever public gig to the entire soundtrack of the 1996 hit film at Royal Festival Hall, The Southbank Centre.
Although my beloved Leonardo wasn’t there, I still turned up to the ball dressed in a white dress and angel wings. Along with my friends and all the other Juliets, we were ushered by the cast members to make our way to the ball.
Walking through the aisle where neon crosses lit the way, past the enormous digital fish tank, we made our way to the dance floor where we were greeted by the other Capulet’s. Standing side-by-side with a sea of Hawaiian-shirt wearing Montagues, it wasn’t long before a dance-off had started on the dance floor and we were standing around cheering for the Capulet’s to win.
Soon the lights dimmed and the cast took their places on stage, the live band were ready and choir started off the performance by singing “O Verona”. Acting their way through the main scenes of this famous tragic love story with a breakdancing battle thrown in, they had me hooked. I was singing along to every song from “Young Hearts Run Free” to “Lovefool”, even “Creep” by Radiohead while watching heartbroken Juliet finding Romeo’s lifeless body.
With breakdance wars and an army of strong voices, this immersive show was one of the best I’ve seen. It was the perfect collaboration between the world’s largest single-run arts centre, which encourages innovative ideas and experiences along with a passionate creative vision from Some Voices. I’m excited to see what the two will bring together in the future.
Check out Some Voices Facebook page to see what’s coming up soon.