I've been away from the theatre scene for the last 12 months after a temporary move to remote Victoria. However, I did make it back last weekend to take a look at QTC's latest production, Romeo and Juliet.
I specifically made the effort to see this show as I always enjoy watching the up and coming Melanie Zanetti.
While her performance hit the mark, just, I left feeling totally cheated by QTC of an original Shakespearean experience. When I go to see a professional production of Shakespeare, I expect something new and exciting - because let's face it - we all know the story. The only new element I identified was a pond-like feature on stage which could have been utilised further.
What are everyone's thoughts on Shakespeare productions? Can professional theatres get away with sticking to the basics? Or do you believe new elements are what keep you going back for more? Surely there is some merit to a traditional-like performance, but really, I expected more.
WORKSHOPS WITH INTERNATIONAL CASTING AGENT FAITH MARTIN