'Tis Pity She's a Whore

'Tis Pity was our debut production as Wanton Theatre Company. We took this 1633 Jacobean parody of Romeo and Juliet to the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, and developed it into a bloody spectacle of incest with nudity, a real pig's heart, and gallons of fake blood.

The taboo of the show was very seductive to me, and in shortening Ford's text for production I focused on the darker elements and removed the comic sub-plot (to mixed reviews). The performances took place at 23:15 each night for its two-week run, meaning that audiences came in at dusk, and left this ritualistic tragedy into the dark summer's night. 

Raising funds for, and taking a large show such as this to the Fringe as our first production as a company was hugely ambitious - it took months of planning and an incredible attention to detail. In rehearsal, we had choreography, sword fighting, and intimacy rehearsals, and it tested my skills as a director to nurture this cast to a place where the challenging material of this old, old play could feel new and important, and they could feel comfortable performing such daring material.