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Romeo and Juliet with Hip Hop

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The tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers, re-imagined
At the beginning of this year - the 450th since William Shakespeare's birth, for those who have been lost in a cave for the last nine months - every acting company in the Western world thought about putting on a little Shakespeare.

Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Hip Hop, Class Act Theatre, Helen Doig
The star-crossed lovers (Photograph courtesy of Class Act Theatre)

Almost every one of the 39 accepted plays has been performed, both straight and with variations of varying imagination and ingenuity.

Many musicals have been based on the good William's stories from West Side Story to Kiss Me, Kate (to be performed at Marloo Theatre later this year).

Now Class Act Theatre, who have produced some excellent theatre over the twenty years of their existence, have melded music with the Bard, but with a difference. Instead of Who Is Sylvia played slowly on the dulcimer, they have added the muisc of hip hop, most notably MCTrooth and Loftee Beats. A small sample of Loftee Beats music can be found here.

They have also managed to get some of Perth's most talented actors involved - Zane Alexander, Daniel Buckle, Stephen Lee, Maja Liwszyc, Lucas Marie, Angelique Malcolm, Jessica Messenger, Nick Pages-Oliver, Josh Walker and Rubeun Yorkshire.

Director Helen Doig's aim is to 'breathe life into the text of Shakespeare's greatest play, giving it relevance and meaning to today's audiences' and I'm pretty sure she can do it, too.

Romeo and Juliet with Hip Hop runs from the 3rd to the 13th September at the Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco at 7:30pm. Tickets cost from $20 to $35 and are available from Ticketek on 132 849 or from their website.

There is also a short season at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on the 18th and 19th of September. Tickets for those performances are $15 to $35 and are obtainable from 9550 3900 or online.

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Why? Stellar Shakespeare with hip hop music and style
When: 7:30pm
Phone: 9337 2060
Where: Subicao Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco
Cost: $20 to $35
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