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The Bard’s famous love story gets an all-female rewrite
SHAKESPEARE’S Juliet is one of drama’s most famous characters but she is seldom considered a solo character divorced from Romeo, her famous lover.
Zoey Dawson is out to change that with a contemporary, all-female production of Romeo and Juliet, featuring some of Melbourne’s finest young actors.
”I want to reconfigure the play with Juliet in the centre of it,” she says. ”Most of Shakespeare’s important characters are male but this is really her story – Juliet has the strongest dramatic arc. She is the one asking the questions and has the big monologues. She is like Hamlet because everything depends on what she does – when Romeo is banished he sits on the floor and cries.”