"Considering the weather, a taller man than I will take cold," pretty much sums up the start of the 2012 Bard in the Botanics season for artistic director Gordon Barr.
Beset by one of the wettest weeks June has seen, finally a performance of Romeo and Juliet went ahead in the park, albeit undercover.
It's funny how a re-staging can add a heightened vibrancy and sense of adventure, as this is what the five-strong cast managed to achieve. The Brave New World theme of this year's selected Shakespeare plays has come into its own, although it's a level of stress the young performers – and beleaguered crew – could probably have lived without.
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