MIXIT, an Auckland-based refugee youth arts project reimagine Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As the performance takes shape, the young cast explores what love, loss, journey and home mean to them.
The cast of 23 young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds devise an original retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, moulding the story into a wholly new shape that reflects their own unique experiences and understanding of the world.
Romeo and Juliet are Samir and Rashana, a Muslim and a Christian, and their journey spans from a home destroyed to a new and foreign place. Love is defined as not only between a boy and girl, but also for a home left behind, and for the people who were lost along the way.