Roman & Jules
Theatre on Brunker
Ends November 25
WRITER and director Meri Bird’s reworking of the classic Romeo and Juliet story as a contemporary musical is an engaging entertainment, with the nature of the characters and developments in their relationships told largely through the delivery of 26 songs that are linked by just a few words of dialogue.
The songs, all well-known numbers, include a charming When You Tell Me That You Love Me, which has Liam Bird’s Roman and Juliette Coates’ Jules revealing their affection for each other after Wollongong-based Roman is attracted to Jules when seeing her while he and other Gong youths are partying in Newy after a footy game. His feelings lead to the Gongers making repeated weekend trips to Newy, with other pairs also being attracted. The results of those attractions and the reactions of other members of the two groups to them offer a mix of charm, smiles and sadness. The 15 cast members, aged 17 to 32, are accomplished performers, with Liam Bird, Kane Kaiser and Dominic Lacey doing a brisk tap dance to accompany their Singin’ in the Rain, and Juliette Coates and Georgia Taylor as her mother talking about their relationship in Slipping Through My Fingers.
The other performers – Peter Bird, Maddison Clarke, Brent Hanson, Georgia Hicks-Jones, Brooke Littlewood, Madison Mitchell, Rory Pollock, Jonathon Rae, John Thomas, William Swadling – move adeptly to the musical direction of Kieran Norman and choreography of Kiani Sansom across Chris Bird’s set.