Welsh playwright Gary Owen has already had hits with modern twists on well-known classics, with a Cherry Orchard set in Pembrokeshire during the early Thatcher years, and the glorious and award-winning Iphigenia in Splott, about a young woman living in the shadow of austerity and Tory policies. He returns to Splott—a working class area of Cardiff—for this Shakespeare makeover about two teenagers who meet and fall in love. But she’s a young woman who has a chance to get away with a place already secured to study at university, and he is a teenage dad with ties to family and the area. Tugged in two directions can their love survive?
Romeo is a single dad hanging on tight. Julie is fighting to follow her dream of studying at Cambridge. Two Welsh teens raised a few streets apart – but from entirely different worlds – crash into first love and are knocked off their feet. But at the crossroads to the rest of their lives, Julie’s family fears the worst in a world of unequal opportunity. Following their critically acclaimed productions Iphigenia in Splott and Killology, director Rachel O’Riordan reunites with Gary Owen to deliver his new play. A co-production with Sherman Theatre.