The Dark Side of Love

– is an intense and atmospheric experience with stunning digital projections, featuring scenes from Hamlet, Othello and Romeo and Juliet and performed in promenade by a cast of London and Brazilian teenagers. The audience are encouraged to lose themselves in the action, whilst the characters lose themselves in the most extreme of emotions as they search for the light of love glimmering through the darkness.

“Atmospheric projections throw images of the performers against the walls, and the performers throw each other through the air with a Pina Bausch-style abandon. The dark claustrophobic space with its many dead ends is massively atmospheric. It feels as if love has been bricked up in these tunnels and, by entering the space, the audience unleashes it, making private pain public. The young performers are astonishing: volatile but never out of control, searingly passionate and yet always forensic”. – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


For many of Shakespeare’s most tragic characters, love represents not an ascent into heavenly bliss, but a descent into hellish despair. So it’s fitting that Brazilian director Renato Rocha will be staging his exploration of Shakespeare’s most painful and poignant moments deep in the Dorfman Hub space beneath the Roundhouse.

“..Simultaneously ethereal and edgy, traditional and modern…a feast of music, dance, projections and lighting.”- Whats On Stage

“..promenade Shakespeare mash-up…performed with undeniable energy and talent.”
Time Out

“Intensely performed, smartly staged…design, music, choreography, lighting and video all fuse together to sustain the spell.”
The Times

“Immensely evocative… the performances are impressive and bravely intimate…”
Financial Times

“Clever, beautiful and gross and definitely worth seeing.”
Spoonfed

“Powerful stuff, strikingly performed.”
British Theatre Guide

Creative Team
Artistic Director: Renato Rocha
Co-Director: Keziah Serreau
Video design by SDNA
Design: Georgia Lowe
Lighting: Richard Williamson
Composer: Jules Maxwell
Choreographer: Ella Robson Guilfoyle
Voice & Text: Michael Corbridge

A Roundhouse & LIFT 2012 production in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Companhia Bufomecânica performer Renato Rocha.