SWEET SORROW: Actors from Bell Shakespeare perform a scene from Romeo and Juliet for Casino Christian School students.
SWEET SORROW: Actors from Bell Shakespeare perform a scene from Romeo and Juliet for Casino Christian School students. Samantha Elley

Romeo and Juliet live

"But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?"

It is a line from one of Shakespeare's greatest love stories, Romeo and Juliet.

For years 7 and 10 at Casino Christian School it came to life thanks to a group of four actors from Bell Shakespeare when they performed a shortened version of the play called Such Sweet Sorrow.

As part of their tour to schools and regional areas, actors Janine, Ray, Griffin and Jenna brought to life the characters Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Tybalt and the centuries-old feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

It was minimal theatre at its best with some very modern twists.

Lady Capulet easily becomes Juliet's nurse with a change of scarf and accent.

For students who may not have had exposure to 16th-century English there are plenty of interruptions by the actors to explain the scenes that add to, rather than take away from, the story.

Even a party scene with some Gangnam-style dancing helps keep the kids enthralled.

While there were some giggles and blushes from the students at the kissing scenes, the dramatic moments were heightened by the silence where you could have heard a pin drop, evidence of a new generation meeting a master communicator.

English and drama teacher Ben Prozinski said he was excited the group could come to visit.

"It's a great opportunity to see such a performance of this calibre."



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