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ROMEO AND JULIET

IMPULSE THEATRE

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ROMEO AND JULIET

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

29 July to 24 August 2013 @ 10:30 am and 7:30 pm

Adult $ 28.00 Concession $ 22.00

Morning Performances $ 22.00

SHAKESPEAREAN RACE RIOTS IN SYDNEY FROM 29 JULY

 

Two households. Both alike in dignity. In fair Cronulla.

Romeo + Juliet in modern dress with modern music and modern weapons.  Set in Cronulla.

It’s romantic. It’s violent. It’s now.

 

Shakespeare’s timeless story of love and loss among feuding families gets a contemporary Aussie makeover with Sydney’s Impulse Theatre from 31 July.

This is Sydney’s southern and western suburbs in the grip of race riots. The Australian flag is both a standard and provocation for rival gangs as veteran director Stephen Wallace re-imagines the greatest– and most tragic – love  story ever told as Anglo-Lebanese gang war.

One family is a well-to-do southern suburbs family, the other an immigrant family from Sydney’s west. Older, cooler heads– and police  commissioner Prince – try vainly to turn back the tide of hatred, passion and bloodshed.

A beach party crashed, insults exchanged, knives, fists… and an unlikely romance. It’s love across the divide… a clash of cultures with a tragic result.

Award-winning stage and film director Stephen Wallace says that this R+J  – inspired by the 2005 Cronulla riots and with all Shakespeare’s   original text  – will confront audiences with palpable tensions between two different ways of life and the intense misunderstanding between two groups of teenagers.

It stars a young cast headed by Dan Webber and Rainee Lyelson in the title roles as well as Lyelson’s own mother Lisa Peers as the Nurse, Byron Hajduczok as Mercutio, Rob Baird as Benvolio, Alex Bryant-Smith as Tybalt, Dominic McDonald as Capulet, Aimee Moffatt-Foster as Lady Capulet, Martin Searles as Friar Lawrence and Montague, Jace Pickard as Paris and Alan Faulkner as The Prince.

Design by Alan Walpole with costumes by Tanya Woodland.

Impulse Theatre’s famous commitment to the Grotowski method involves intense workshops of physical and emotional preparation for the cast.

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