Shake­speare at Lime­light

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KNOWN as the great­est love story ever told, Shake­speare’s Romeo and Juliet is com­ing to Wan­neroo.

Di­rected by Pe­ter Clark, this will be the first time Shake­speare has been per­formed at Lime­light Theatre in its 45-year his­tory.

The story fol­lows two star-crossed lovers who come to­gether de­spite con­stant op­po­si­tion from their war­ring fam­i­lies.

Clark said he had gone for a con­tem­po­rary take on the Shake­speare clas­sic.

“This is to en­sure the pro­duc­tion is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for the au­di­ence – for both first-time Shake­speare­ans and the ex­pe­ri­enced – so they have the abil­ity to re­late and feel for the char­ac­ters as the story un­folds,” he said.

“Our pro­duc­tion de­signer has de­signed and pro­duced a won­der­ful set and stag­ing for the show.

“The over­all look and feel of the pro­duc­tion is also as­sisted with very spe­cific light­ing ef­fects, mu­sic, film and cos­tume.

“I was trained to be­lieve that Shake­speare was writ­ten for all and should never be per­ceived as bor­ing or dated; my ap­proach to this pro­duc­tion pro­vides all the nec­es­sary in­gre­di­ents to en­sure it is not.

“It’s a two-hour pro­duc­tion that packs a punch with­out los­ing the core in­tegrity of the script and cen­tral themes around love.”

Be­fore com­ing to Perth in 2000, Clark trained as an ac­tor in Lon­don and worked for sev­eral theatre com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing one sea­son with the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany.

Pad­bury res­i­dent Cal­lum O’Mara and Lau­ren Thomas play the ti­tle roles in Romeo and Juliet. Pic­ture: Pe­ter Clark

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