directed by damien ryan
“Thou can’st not speak of that thou dost not feel...”
It takes a village to kill a child.
A brand new production of this incredible play for young audiences from Artistic Director, Damien Ryan. The existential crisis facing our world today has triggered a deafening chorus of ‘How dare you!’, screamed from the heart of our planet’s youth. And it’s not just about climate issues. What can children teach us in their struggle to be heard?
Sport for Jove’s furiously energetic new production of Romeo & Juliet is characterised by a true vision of today’s youth - utilising an array of vibrant and youthful performers surrounded by an extraordinary cast of some of the country's most experienced Shakespeare actors, this production exudes a unique authenticity and honest rawness, danger and the genuine awkwardness and beauty of young love.
Our production takes on the spirit of a filthy Italian opera, driven by love and heat, fights and fevers of the mind, and of course, by Shakespeare’s soaring poetry. We are carried to backcountry Verona, a profoundly insular town, trapped in cycles of tradition and vendetta, staring out at the future with moral pollution at its heart. Only its children’s courage to express themselves will bring change. With the mad blood stirring, two young lovers meet and set in motion the most iconic love story of all time, that of Juliet and her Romeo.
A thrilling introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences and such an important work for students to experience live.
Photography by Seiya Taguchi
Middle School English & Drama syllabus - Introduction to and sophisticated analysis of Shakespeare’s plays and theatrical practices.
Senior English – Year 11
110 minutes, no interval
+ Q&A post show
Dates and Booking
Thurs, July 21
Fri, July 22
Sat, July 23
Mon, July 25
Tues, July 26
Wed, July 27
Thurs, July 28
Fri, July 29
Sat, July 30
Contains coarse language, physical violence, sexual references, adult themes, haze smoke, prop weapons and loud noises, depiction of suicide (for resources and support, contact Lifeline at 13 11 14). Photography and filming prohibited.
Damien Ryan | Director
Rob Jago & Damien Ryan | Production Management
Sophie Parker | Lighting Design
Damien Ryan | Production & Sound Design
Bernadette Ryan | Costume Design
Erin Shaw | Stage Manager
Naomi Belet | Assistant Stage Manager
Scott Witt | Fight Choreographer
Tristan Baker | Cinematographer
Louisa Panucci | Juliet Capulet
Oliver Ryan | Romeo Montague
David Soncin | Tybalt Capulet /Apothecary
Max Ryan | Mercutio / Friar John
Bronwyn Lim | Nurse
Jay James-Moody | Friar Lawrence /Peter
Jade Fuda | Benvolio Montague
Dinitha Senevirathne | Paris/Balthazar Montague
Emma Palmer | Lady Capulet
Bernadette Ryan | Lady Montague
Damien Ryan | Capulet
Naomi Belet | Greta
Maggie Blinco | Benvolio Chorus
"Somehow it feels s little more ancient and intrinsic... it's a beautiful way to spend a night"