Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit
by Jean Tong
14 - 26 November
There's something so enticing about forbidden fruit
A musical romp more sophisticated than an average mod-rom-com, Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit takes the star-crossed lovers audiences know and love, and makes them even better as star-crossed lesbians.
Featuring a Dead Lesbian chorus and some pretty gay songs, Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit is fun, campy, politically irreverent and casually incisive.
Writer, director and lyricist Jean Tong explains that the creative team are young, queer and want to party while opening up pathways into shifting the state of representation as it currently stands, “It’s 2017 and the world is still telling the same, tired old story about queer people of colour and our access to spaces.”
“Whether on the news or on Netflix, we’re still watching ourselves die for someone else’s happiness, someone else’s comfort. Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit is a tongue-in-cheek, fist-in-air response to this, because we’re pissed off, charming, hilarious and write catchy songs,” said Tong.
As a political satire with a meet-cute, cultural clashes, sex, death and a dastardly plan, Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit is a whirlwind journey with tropes never seen before, lesbians galore, a spicy score and an even spicier ending.
There will be a Relaxed Performance of Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit on Wednesday 22 November. Relaxed Performances welcome audiences who may require a more relaxed sensory experience and casual environment. Audiences can expect a reduction in the intensity of light and sound, access to a de-stress break area, the house lights staying up, and a relaxed attitude to noise and movement from the audience during the show. An electronic pre-show resource pack containing information on the venue and the production will be sent out at least three weeks before the performance to ticket-buyers. For additional, specific sensory access questions, please contact Miguel Lontoc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Content warning: strong language, sexual references, loud music
Jean Tong jeantong.com
Playwright, director and lyricist Jean Tong
Composer James Gales
Dramaturge Kim Ho
Set and costume designer James Lew
Stage manager Ayu Maylinda
Directorial support Petra Kalive
Directorial support Bridget Balodis
Compositional support Will Hannagan
Performers Sasha Chong, Nisha Joseph, Margot Tanjutco, Pallavi Waghmode and Louisa Wall
Producer, publicity and marketing Stephanie Bowie Liew
Season 14 – 26 November 2017
Preview 14 November 2017
Opening 15 November 2017
Relaxed performance 22 November
Times 8.30pm Tue – Sun
Duration 75 minutes
Venue The Butterfly Club
Address 5 Carson Place, off Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Tickets $22 – $35
Bookings click here