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writers paired with artists make new works in response to Shakespeare's iconic play

8th - 17th June 2018

Exhibition and performances at:


The Royal Victoria Works, off Redditch Road,

Studley, Warwickshire, B80 7AU

Writers paired with artists

Sharon Ashton with Annette Pugh

Elsa Braekkan Payne with Lucy Gresley

Deb Catesby with James Fisher

Sheila Farrell with Maria Boyle

Catherine Greene Jones with Sarah Woelker

Nicola Jones with Amy McLelland

Helen Kelly with Dawn Harris

Freddie Lockett with Hallam Wood

Philip Monks with Cristina Celestini

Lance Woodman with Sheila Farrell

Click on the name links above to find out more

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, (which is part of the current RSC season in nearby Stratford), is a seesaw experience, swinging violently between opposites: young and old, light and dark, dreams and reality, life and death, poison and preservation, love and murder.

‘Love is a smoke made with a fume of sighs

Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes

Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears

What is it else? A madness most discreet,

A choking gall and a preserving sweet.’

For this project, our writers are each teamed with a visual artist. The pairs will work together on ideas springing directly and indirectly from the play.

Emerging from these collaborations are new visual works and short original poems, prose & dramatic scenes which will be performed amongst the artworks at ArtistsWorkhouse.


An entertaining and varied performance and exhibition, full of destruction and creation, humour and sadness, play and seriousness.

Romeo & Juliet: take two

a plague on both your houses 

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