Star-cross’d lovers shine at Monifieth

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THE DEBUT performance of the Monifieth Amateur Dramatics Youth Group at the weekend was a tremendous success.

Gasps of admiration were heard around Monifieth Theatre when the curtain rose on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and the audience had their first glimpse of the authentic-looking set and the richly-coloured costumes.

They were gripped straight away as this most famous love story unfolded before them through the impressive performances of the young actors and actresses.

It’s difficult to pinpoint a ‘best’ part of the play when we are treated to such a glittering performance. From the touching first meeting of the two young lovers at the dance, to the romance of the famous balcony scene, to the shocking drama of the sword-fight and subsequent deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt, the performers had the audience hanging on their every word and move.

Those providing the comedy elements clearly won hearts all round too. Juliet’s nurse fussed and fretted her way back and forth throughout the play and Romeo’s friends gave a lively display of their improvisational skills as they bantered back and forth with the audience.

Youth leader Sean Dowling was delighted with the feedback from everyone who came along to support the event and is extremely proud of the youngsters.

The show is the culmination of six months of very hard work for everyone involved and having made such a tremendous start, it’s clear that Monifieth hasn’t seen the last of this talented group of young thespians!

M.G.