If you’re familiar with Shakespeare’s As You Like It be prepared for a rather different take on the classic.
Rather than actors expect dancers to tell the tale through modern dance and to see the forest replaced by a cityscape.
Rosalind comes to Newbury’s Corn Exchange on Wednesday next week courtesy of the James Cousins Company and he plans to break the rules with this interpretation of the comedy.
“What inspired me about Rosalind’s character to create the show was her relevance to today’s society and a modern audience,” James told the Observer.
“She is a diplomat and a peacemaker within a broken society and also works to create equality in her relationship.
“The more we explored the play and her character we began to question if that much has really changed in 400 years.
“Plus, one of the main differences between Shakespeare’s Rosalind, and our Rosalind is that we have Rosalind played by three dancers rather than one actor.
“I wanted to really dissect the character and present the different facets in a new way. Other than that I think she/he’s quite similar!”
“So the audience can expect to see some phenomenal dancers from across the world.”
The unique take on this Shakespeare classic is set to get the audience talking, as James wants to battle a lot of subjects that affect people today.
Inspired to create the show after being drawn into last year’s US presidential election, the dancer and company owner believes one of the candidates was unfairly treated and wanted to express this in a form of dance.
This was how James’ take of Rosalind was born, as the show also focuses on the everyday battles women face.
“We were creating the show at the same time as the US election,” James said.
“We were seeing Hillary in her pant suit having to jump through so many hoops that Trump wasn’t being made to go through, whilst also seeing things on the news about inequality in pay and rights in so many countries across the world.”
He added: “It’s always great to have a receptive audience.
“I especially like it when we have the chance to chat to audiences after the show and can get people’s thoughts and feelings from what they’ve just seen.
“It is always so interesting for me to hear the different interpretations or emotions that are brought up for people and sometimes makes me see new things in the show too.”
Suitable for over 12s, tickets cost from £8 to £15. It starts at 7.45pm.