Love is all around ‘in the round’

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Doomed duo: Romeo (Zachary Thomas) and Juliet (Gretel Sharp) seal their love for each other with a kiss as Dionysus Theatre’s storytellers Sam (Madeline Rintoul) and Greg (Mitchell Sholer) watch from afar, feeling they have to do something about the lovers’ fate in Shakespeare’s play.

Doomed duo: Romeo (Zachary Thomas) and Juliet (Gretel Sharp) seal their love for each other with a kiss as Dionysus Theatre’s storytellers Sam (Madeline Rintoul) and Greg (Mitchell Sholer) watch from afar, feeling they have to do something about the lovers’ fate in Shakespeare’s play.

FICTION’S two most famous star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, are coming to Frankston next month thanks to a Dionysus Theatre production of Shakespeare’s passionate and tense tragedy.

Romeo & Juliet will be staged at the McClelland College Performing Arts Centre in early October and director Emma Sproule is looking forward to bringing the tale of the two lovers caught between the feuding Capulet and Montague families to life.

Those who already know the story of Romeo & Juliet will still find the Dionysus Theatre take on the Shakespeare play unique.

“Ours is an interpretation that focuses on the power of the story and how timeless it continues to be as we introduce two storytellers, Sam and Greg, who weave in and out of the story in order to heighten our appreciation and understanding of its effect on us, even though we know from the very beginning exactly how it has to end,” Ms Sproule said.

In a post-modern twist, Sam and Greg become players in the story and try to save the doomed titular lovers.

For centuries, Romeo & Juliet has been the love story by which all others are measured, and even though so many of its elements are outdated, extreme and unrealistic, it is as relevant today as it was more than 400 years ago.

Dionysus’ twist to this tale shows that it still today remains the greatest love story ever told and it continues to be told because that is the power of a great story – the power that we never tire of sharing and living them; even when we know how they will end.

Romeo & Juliet will be performed ‘in the round’ at McClelland College Performing Arts Centre, 26 Alexander Crescent, Karingal, 2-10 October, 8pm.

Tickets $30, $25 concession, group booking discounts.

See dionysustheatre.com.au for full dates and booking information.

First published in the Frankston Times – 28 September 2015

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