Saturday, November 24th, 2018 - The Actors' Hub

ONE of Shakespeare’s most popular and well-known plays will soon come alive at The Actors’ Hub – with a twist.

Directed by Amanda Crewes, Romeo and Juliet is regarded as the most famous love story in English literary history.

Romeo and Juliet explores the theme of forbidden love, so I wanted to look at the text in terms of what’s still often considered forbidden love today,” Crewes said.

“That brought me to our current, very cloudy view on same sex relationships.

“I wanted to determine whether changing the gender changed our view on this love story.”

In this version, there are two casts with Romeo and Juliet played by women one night, followed by men the next.

“We want to honour what it universally means to be in love and explore the dangers of extremist views,” Crewes said.

She said this interpretation of Romeo and Juliet offered a whole new perspective but was also grounded in an existing awareness.

“We know this story, we know how it ends, we know what the lessons are and yet when presented with the situation today we still, more often than not, withhold our tolerance and forbearance,” Crewes said.

“This is an issue we need to start talking about because stories of forbidden love are still ending in death.”

Romeo and Juliet plays 7pm November 28, 29, 30 and December 1. Tickets are $30, $25 concession – book at

The Actors’ Hub is at 129 Kensington Street, East Perth.



R&J-female: Love under watch in Romeo and Juliet, featuring Jared Stephenson, Stephanie Bedford, Tia Rose and Quintus Olsthoorn.

R&J-male: Patrick Truman-Healy, second from left, and Sam Barbas as the two famed lovers in Romeo and Juliet, under the watch of Jared Stephenson and Quintus Olsthoorn.

R&J-male-fathers: A confrontation between the two fathers, Jared Stephenson (left) and Quintus Olsthoorn (right), as their two children (Jared Stephenson and Patrick Truman-Healy) in love watch on.

R&J-male-parents: Romeo and Juliet presents two families at war – played by Ava Lyas, left, Jared Stephenson, Quintus Olsthoorn and Gillian Mosenthal, right) – as their two children (Patrick Truman-Healy and Sam Barbas) embark on a relationship.

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"It has long been recognised that without a permanent company few actors can thrive indefinitely. The art of acting is in some ways the most exacting art of all, and without constant schooling, the actor will stop halfway." (Peter Brook)

In response to this understanding, we have established The Actors’ Hub, a new centre for excellence in performing arts.

The Actors' Hub provides ongoing support for actors to develop their skills whether they are currently working within the industry or working their way into the industry.

It is our aim at The Actors’ Hub to keep our work relevant and in response to current industry trends, demands and opportunities.
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