The violent delights and violent ends that make up the story of Romeo and Juliet have been carefully filtered through a modern lens for La Boite’s latest endeavour, bringing together a cast of seasoned actors combined with fresh-faced newcomers from QUT’s final year acting students. Brisbane’s own Darcy Gooda and Jackson Bannister take on the roles of Juliet and her Romeo respectively, headlining a selection of Queensland theatre veterans to the tune of Eugene Gilfedder, Colin Smith, Kerith Atkinson and multi-Matilda-award-winner Bridget Boyle.
If you’re worried that a modern take might omit some of the best bits, fear not – La Boite’s take on Romeo and Juliet does the original justice without skimping on the classic elements. While much of the repetition present in the well-known play has been cut, audiences can expect to witness the classic scenes and iconic monologues that are synonymous with the title. As with all of its reinterpreted works, the La Boite team has taken its famous approach of transforming this classic into a relevant and relatable piece for the modern age – this latest endeavour is not so much a rewrite, but rather a prudent and respectful edit of the original cloaked in contemporary elements.
Want to witness a fierce and fresh take on one of the world’s greatest love stories? You can nab tickets to Romeo and Juliet through La Boite Theatre.