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Purple Ostrich Productions reimagines Shakespeare's classic play Romeo and Juliet as a gender-swapped music-laden love-fest.
Set on an estate in South-East London, where the young people are left to their own devices and where carrying a knife is second nature, we follow the tragic journey of these two lovers over the course of 90 blood pumping minutes.
Meet Romea, a love-obsessed poet who will do anything to have sex and Julian, a young man who prizes his virginity above everything else.
As well as the eponymous lovers' genders being swapped we also have a female Benvolia and a female Prince.
This has changed many of the relationships and the power dynamics in the play.
This show is a piece which explores female sexuality and power.
In the year of #metoo the company wanted to explore the world's most famous love story and see what we can learn from examining Romeo's behavior.
Swapping the genders very obviously highlights moments which are absurd or are stalking dressed up as romance.
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London SW4 6DZ
Performance days & times
Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Toby Osmond - Mercutio
Vilde Torset - Chorus
Davey Lias - Julian
Fleur de Wit - Benvolia
Isabelle Schuler - Nurse
Kerry Fitzgerald - Romea
Author: Adapted from William Shakespeare
Director: Kerry Fitzgerald & Joe Miller
Musical direction: Joe Evans
Lighting: Jack Spicer
Production: Purple Ostrich Productions