Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit

by Jean Tong

World Premiere

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

Content warning: strong language, sexual references, loud music


Jean Tong

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