Theatre Shorts | Romeo and Juliet, Arj Barker

Ballet treat

HUNTER ballet fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts are in for a treat, with the Russian National Ballet  Theatre bringing a new staging of the Bard’s Romeo and Juliet to Cessnock and Newcastle next week as part of an Australian tour.

The 30 dancers are first seen at a luxuriant masked ball hosted by the Capulet family, with Romeo Montague tricking his way in and becoming enamoured of their beautiful daughter, Juliet. But as the families have long been enemies, the course of their love affair becomes increasingly imperilled. The choreography by Evgeny Amosov of the two-act production is based on the three-act Prokofiev ballet, and includes romantic pas de deux, taut fight scenes and festive street dances.

Romeo and Juliet can be seen at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on September 12 at 7.30pm, and at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle, on September 13 at 7.30pm.


AMERICAN comedian Arj Barker’s Organic is the 10th show he has brought to Australia, and it largely looks at his gluten-free, organic lifestyle, which he says was decided by his girlfriend.

Among other things, he describes his longing for bottled bread (beer) and mini-oval bread swimming in a lactose ocean (cereal). His other free-range topics (his words) include the Uber versus taxi debate, and discussion of spoilers that arise from talking in public about surprises in TV shows including Game of Thrones.

The show can be seen at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle, on Saturday, at 8pm.