Gangland-inspired version upsets those who want to get away from Limerick's bad image.
William Shakespeare's 16th century play about the feuding Capulet and Montague families of Verona was given new life in 2005, when the Limerick Youth Theatre staged their own modern version. Borrowing their hoodies, tattoos and tracksuits from the motifs of Limerick's own feuds, the production caused upset in some quarters.
In this RTÉ News report, artistic director Miriam Lohan explains that:
We're not doing it to upset people, we're doing this to move people, to get them to reimagine their city.
Cast member Richard Tucker says you could set this production in any county in Ireland, while John Jordan feels that if they were dressed in pantaloons, people wouldn't be interested.
As for members of the public, photographer Eoin South thinks that Limerick should relax a bit more. Barney Sheehan of the Limerick Poetry Group says it's a disgrace. TD Peter Power would prefer that young people express themselves this way, rather than in anti-social behaviour.
Cathy O'Halloran reports for RTÉ News on 22 August 2005.