As part of the 2024 New Zealand Fringe Festival, local producers Circle of Fifths is presenting an outdoor production of the classic Romeo and Juliet – but with a Paekākāriki twist. Staged from the 1st – 3rd March at Campbell Park, there may even be a skateboard or two.
There will be poetry and partying and maybe some tears – given we all know how this one ends. Two lovers try to bridge the gap between rival gang feuds, a misguided mentor sends them on a fatal journey and a community is left with the reeling truth that perpetuating violence leads to death. For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
A 21st century casting provides an opportunity for young (and maybe not so young) people who want to grow their skills in acting, stage management, fencing, dance, front and back of house and help build their portfolio – or are simply out for some fun and interaction.
The audience will be asked to bring a picnic, blankets, cushions and shoes they can walk in, as they will move around the park. They are welcome to participate in the Masquerade Ball, and we encourage them to bring their own masks.
This is a not-for-profit community event, with our wonderful cast providing their services for free. Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Creative Communities Scheme and the 2024 Fringe Festival’s Kākano and Living Wage funds provided some financial assistance.
If you are interested in being involved in the production please contact [email protected]
Ticket prices will be kept low to be affordable – under 12s will be free, $20 for concession holders (e.g. senior citizens, Fringe Addict) and $25 for waged.
Tickets and information available through www.Fringe.co.nz (use this link – Romeo and Juliet, Summer Shakespeare in Paekākāriki | NZ Fringe Festival)
The wet weather venue for the show will be Paekākāriki Memorial Hall.
Romeo and Juliet
7pm on 1st, 2nd and 3rd March at Campbell Park, Paekākāriki