A TAMWORTH reverend has a very special marriage to organise this November – between two of the world’s most famous lovers.
Vic Van Den Bergh will swap the pulpit for a stage at Middleton Hall when he becomes Friar Laurence for three nights in a special production of Romeo and Juliet.
Vic said: “When I was asked about playing such an iconic character as Friar Laurence, my first thought was, ‘Why not?’. After all, if we don’t take the opportunities that come up we’ll never know what we’ve missing out on.
“That said, the task of learning lines and then making them work (and remembering them again) when you’re interacting with the other characters and is really hard work. I never thought drama was easy, but I had no idea of the hours of learning, rehearsing, and rehearsing again or of the tightrope one walks playing a character on stage – and yet, when it comes together the story, the language and the cast members bring about something quite sublime!”
Vic arrived in Tamworth in 2003 and is currently based at St Francis’ church on the Leyfields. He is very popular in the community and is a chaplain to many organisations, including Staffordshire Police, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets, National Memorial Arboretum and the British Army. He is also a member of Tamworth Street Angels and is a keen blogger, keeping everybody up-to-date on his twitter feed @VicTheVicar
Vic continued: “When you think about Romeo and Juliet, it’s a play that has it all: family feuds, fighting, flawed relationships, over the top friends, love interests, a balcony scene and a well-meaning Franciscan Friar – how fitting that I’m at St Francis’ church!
“Move all this to the wonderful setting that is Middleton Hall and you know that this is going to be something special – let’s hope I can live up to those around me. All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close up!”
Romeo and Juliet has four performances at Middleton Hall from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 November, with a matinee on the Sunday.
Tickets are £12 and can be bought from the Tamworth Tourist Information Centre on 01827 709618 or by visiting www.MisnomerTheatre.co.uk. They can also be bought at Middleton Hall itself.