On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Shirley Apthorp about Umculo and Romeo’s Passion.
Romeo’s Passion is a new work of music theatre that breaks many taboos and comes to Outreach Foundation’s Hillbrow Theatre in September.
Berlin-based Australian composer Cathy Milliken and German librettist/stage director Robert Lehmeier have joined forces to examine a complex story of family and community tensions.
Part of an ongoing partnership between international NPC Umculo and the Outreach Foundation, it is cutting-edge artistic work with, and for local communities.
Following Comfort Ye, an award-winning work of music theatre developed by the same team in Kraaifontein, Western Cape, Romeo´s Passion is based on material created in collaborative workshops with young South African singers.
It is a story of love and trauma, acceptance and conflict, expectations, disappointments, revelations and challenges – this is a coming-out, a coming-of-age, a taste of things to come.
Five singers, three musicians (piano, violin, and oboe), new material and old traditions; Romeo’s Passion cast comprises Mlamli Lalapantsi, Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, Thabiso Masemene, Sarah Suping and July Zuma, with instrumentalists Jill Richards, Zosukumizizwe Ntuli and Cathy Milliken.
Romeo´s Passion explores community issues in an innovative way, with the performers running educational workshops as part of the process of developing this work. An immersive performance, it draws in its audience in surprising ways.
“Love is in the air. Love is everywhere. Sometimes Love hides. Sometimes you have to fight for it or risk your life standing up for it. Sometimes being truthful to yourself can be your biggest challenge in life.” – Robert Lehmeier
Listen to the interview with Shirley Apthorp here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8 am to 11 am