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#romeoandjuliet at La Mama Theatre

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by Olga Junek (subscribe)
I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
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Mischief takes over Shakespeare
Be warned or be pleased, this is not Shakespeare as you would expect! It is, however, a lot of fun and a clever way to present live theatre, comedy and clowning by two very talented young performers.

Romeo and Juliet, as part of Midsumma Festival at La Mama, takes a little while to understand as to why it is actually called 'Romeo and Juliet'. But that is the fun of it. A circus (of sorts) with one domineering and one submissive character who play out different acts, performed with humour and irreverence, set the stage, so to speak. The audience laughs from the beginning starting with the safety induction, through the strong woman and Serbian beast performance, and is never quite sure where this is heading. Where are Romeo and Juliet? They are there, hidden amongst the circus acts and do come out eventually and lovingly.

romeoand juliet La Mama Midsumma Festival Lily Fish Kimberly Twiner
Lily Fish and Kimberly Twiner, the stars of romeoandjuliet

Lily Fish and Kimberley Twiner, embody their characters perfectly and no wonder, their training and credentials speak for themselves. A highly physical performance, with lots of clowning, exaggeration, depreciation and a sense of the surreal or absurd, you will see 'Romeo and Juliet' in a brand new light.

The bad news is that the season has sold out, but an extra show has been added for Saturday 20th January at 5 pm. So buy your tickets here quickly! If you can't make it to this show, Fish and Twiner also star in PO PO MO CO (1-3 February) where comedy, fashion and performance art are all rolled together into one hilarious party.
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Why? For questionable, fun Shakespeare of sorts
When: Saturday extra show at 5 pm, Season Sold out
Phone: 03 9347 6142
Where: La Mama Theatre, Faraday Street, Carlton, Victoria
Cost: $30 $20 Concession
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