Are you a star-cross’d lover? Hunting for Croydon’s Romeo and Juliet


By - Thursday 3rd May, 2018

Interested in drama? Aged sixteen or over? Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association would love to hear from you


CODA’s summer 2017 production: The Pirates Of Penzance.
Photo by CODA, used with permission.

Every summer CODA (Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association) performs a large-scale play or musical on the bandstand in Wandle Park. This July’s production will be Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo And Juliet, and CODA would love to give the young people of Croydon the opportunity to take leading roles.

Romeo And Juliet is often touted as ‘the greatest love story ever told’, but it is actually a lot more than that. It portrays feuding and street violence, explores gender issues, and shows how the older generation can learn from the young – all very relevant in today’s world.

As a drama group celebrating its seventy-fifth birthday this year, CODA has an established company of talented actors ranging from twenty-something to seventy-something.

Previous young CODA members have gone on to careers in the West End, TV and film

For this production, though, CODA would really like the characters of Romeo and Juliet to be teenagers (or at least look that age). You don’t have to come from a drama school or even have acting experience – you just need to be over sixteen and available for rehearsals on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The show is in the week beginning Monday 23rd July, with evening performances plus a Saturday matinee.

Many previous young CODA members have gone on to careers in the West End, TV and film. If you’d like to try to follow in their footsteps, CODA would love to welcome you!

If you’d like to find out more, click . Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association is waiting to hear from you…

David Sanders

David Sanders

David has been involved with CODA’s park shows since they began, first appearing in the maiden production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The following year he directed The Importance of Being Earnest and the year after that directed another Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing. “This year we have two directors”, he says. “Sarah ‘H’ Gordon and me – so it will be twice the fun!”

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