High school students detest it, but its puzzling language has lived on for centuries.
Reading aloud in a monotone from a hand-me-down copy of Shakespeare's ‘Romeo And Juliet’ doesn't sound appealing.
So how is it that the classic has survived as an engaging, worldwide tale? Stage junkie, Bianca Zouppas stars in the production, ‘><R&J’ — an interesting, analytical portrayal of the classic, designed to educate and entertain — and has a theory on its longevity.
“During high school, reading it, I never understood it. Doing this show I have realised that it is a beautiful story; it is tragic and there's so much more to it than what I ever would have read into at high school.
"It's been nice to break it down and look at those themes and understand their story. It gives audiences the opportunity to see ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in a different light.”
This isn't ‘Romeo and Juliet’ — it's a play about ‘Romeo And Juliet’.
The play follows ten young people as they discuss and interpret 'Romeo and Juliet' through dance, song, speech and art. Each member switches between a variety of characters.
“It's really fun to be able to switch between characters. We're playing ourselves, but as these characters — so when I'm playing Romeo, I'm myself as Romeo feeling all of the things he may be feeling.
"One of the scenes I do — the night he's just met Juliet and he's fallen in love with her — I use things like when I have fallen in love for the first time, and I use that energy,” she said.
“I wanted to challenge myself with a traditional text and having text to work with and sink my teeth into.”
In her time in the industry, she has idolised no single character, but a collective of characters.
“I love playing powerful female characters. That's why I love playing Lady Capulet in our show because she's got it going on, she's got the power. There are some great, strong female characters out there.”
‘><R&J’ is at La Boite Theatre until November 30.