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First Love is the Revolution

First Love is the Revolution

Rita Kalnejais

Oberon Books

“This viciously funny and frankly daring anthropomorphic tale may unfold like an edgier Wind in the Willows, but even as the bond between boy and fox spirals out of control, nothing can compare to the bloodbath that ensues. Kalnejais' wickedly sharp script boasts credible urban dialogue with occasional flashes of poetic imagery and a healthy balance of thought-provoking drama to boot.”The Stage


“A clever new take on the well-worn cross-cultural romance schtick, their sweetly naive courtship plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy, with family values threatening to derail the relationship from both sides... Surely the biggest achievement of ‘First Love’, though, is making such a brilliantly twisted and original premise so endearing and so engaging. Pure animal magic.”Time Out


“Quite the most ingenious piece of theatre I've had the pleasure to watch in a long time...a cult hit in the making.”Evening Standard


'I’m not tame 'cause I want to be with you'


Basti and Rdeca are pulling all-nighters. When their paths cross, the sparks fly and an impossible bond spirals dangerously out of control.


A viciously funny and unforgettable play about first love, teenage lust and nature vs nurture.

Rita Kalnejais’s audacious new play directed by Steve Marmion is a Soho Theatre commission written whilst on attachment to the Soho Six


Rita Kalnejais studied acting at Victorian College of Arts, graduating in 2001, and has worked extensively as an actor at Belvoir, Griffin, Malthouse and Sydney Theatre Companies. Rita’s first play, BC, was nominated for three Greenroom Awards including Best New Australian Play. Her short plays, Whistling In Bed and How To Get Very Clean were performed at Sydney Theatre Company as part of 2010 Rough Draft and 2011 Next Stage seasons. In June 2013 Tom Littler directed a reading of Whistling In Bed at Theatre503. In 2012 her play Babyteeth had a successful season at Belvoir Theatre and was then produced and performed by the State Theatre Company of South Australia this year; both productions enjoying great critical acclaim.

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