Olwen Fouéré as Juliet and Owen Roe as Romeo  in Siren Productions' A TENDER THING by Ben Power. Photo: Anthony Woods

Olwen Fouéré as Juliet and Owen Roe as Romeo in Siren Productions' A TENDER THING by Ben Power. Photo: Anthony Woods

Olwen Fouéré as Juliet in Siren Productions' A TENDER THING by Ben Power at Project Arts Centre. Photo: Anthony Woods

Olwen Fouéré as Juliet in Siren Productions' A TENDER THING by Ben Power at Project Arts Centre. Photo: Anthony Woods

Olwen Fouéré as Juliet and Owen Roe as Romeo in Siren Productions' A TENDER THING by Ben Power at Project Arts Centre. Photo: Anthony Woods

Olwen Fouéré as Juliet and Owen Roe as Romeo in Siren Productions' A TENDER THING by Ben Power at Project Arts Centre. Photo: Anthony Woods

Reviews

A Tender Thing

by Siren Productions

Jan 28 - Feb 15    |    Project Arts Centre

Reviewed by Harvey O'Brien on 30 January

Romeo and Juliet was always an end-of-life tale. It resolves with the double suicide of the star-crossed lovers whose tragedy, it has always seemed, was that they had barely begun to live. There has always been something slightly unbearable in the dewy-eyed puppy-love dimension of this, though. It seemed to need the bracketing of the “civil blood” making “civil hands unclean” to give it a little heft. Not so. Playwright Ben Power has removed all but the protagonists, largely preserving Shakespeare’s words of love and death but rearranging their chronology and adding some dialogue from other characters and other plays. It might seem sacrilegious to say that Power has found even deeper tragedy in Shakespeare’s words than Shakespeare’s own plot allowed him, but A Tender Thing is the most deeply touching ‘version’ of this tale you are likely to encounter. read complete review

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