The only non-Australian work in the 1999 season was a co-production with Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – and it was as Australian as director Sue Rider and assistant director Nadine McDonald could make it. There was a lot of media interest and excellent reviews. The Australian critic wrote: “Shakespeare is adapted to contemporary Australia with commitment and intelligence, and what might have been a plonkingly obvious political metaphor exhibits theatrical complexity, wit and passion”.[i]
Writer: Christine Comans
[i] The Australian, quoted in La Boite Theatre Inc. Annual Report 1999.