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?After nearly two years of
preparation, BYTE brought it?s play ?Romeo, Hamlet, Helena and Juliet?, a collage of Shakespeare?s most
loved plays to Mansfield. The production was set in the forest of ?Midsummer
Night?s Dream? and told a tale of love, cross dressing and mistaken identity.
The performances were great all around and the young actors really owned their
parts and told the eternal story Romeo and Juliet for today?s teenagers in a
high-energy often very comical way.?
?The audience was blown away
by the professionalism, ability, skill and sheer fun they saw when viewing ?Fake Is Real' at
the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. There was a great depth of maturity and
understanding of the material by every cast member.?
?As I reflected afterwards, ?Romeo, Hamlet, Helena and Juliet? is a
production which ?runs away with itself?. It is an emotional journey (with much
of it funny and happy) exploring many different themes but with the central
theme of love evident throughout.?
?Romeo, Hamlet, Helena and Juliet? was bloody brilliant. Strange, but bloody
brilliant. The actors were amazing. A million times better of what I?ve seen at
schools here. It would have been amazing if they had more than one night in
Rome. That would mean that I could go and watch it again!?
(Padraig Downey, Rome)
?The musical play Shivers was written and directed by Joachim
Matschoss and brought to us by BYTE. It told the story of inmates working in commercial convent laundries
in the 1950s. The homes housed girls who had been deemed wayward, homeless,
deviant, at risk of moral danger or pregnant. The intensity of the performances
by the young actors was electrifying. The staging was highly non naturalistic
using Bunraku puppetry in a highly effective way.?
?The touring piece of
BYTE was depressing and challenging, but also
full of hope and a way forward, written by Joachim Matschoss Alone is Bliss dealt with the issues of
self-harm and abuse. The performances were outstanding. Matilda Reed played the
lead role with a frightening authenticity and terrifying intensity.?
(Hamburger Abendblatt, translated)
Louis Nowra?s play Cosi to a sold out
house in Carcavelos/Lisbon. The play is set in the 1970s, during the Vietnam
War. Inmates of an asylum are trying to perform Mozart?s opera ?Cosi van
Tutte?. The cast had impeccable timing and an amazing contrast between calm,
emotional moments and sudden bursts of confusion.?