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Bad Hamlet: Moved Reading @ New Fortune Theatre, UWA

Bad Hamlet: a Moved Reading

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: New Fortune Theatre, UWA
Contact: Brid Phillips (brid.phillips@research.uwa.edu.au)

Directed by Kathryn Prince (University of Ottawa, CHE visiting researcher)

Projector Director Brid Phillips (UWA)

The so-called ‘bad’ quarto of Hamlet is the perfect script for a moved reading: half the length of the more familiar version, with a little less poetry and a lot more action.

Join us on Wednesday, May 24 from 4-6 for an unrehearsed performance at breakneck speed on UWA’s New Fortune stage. Everyone who wants to perform will have the chance to claim a role, (script provided) and groundlings (standing spectators) are welcome. There will be sitting space on the steps so bring a cushion for comfort!

No need to register: just turn up with friends and family (children welcome). In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled.

Passion, Lament, Glory Concert @ St Paul’s Cathedral

Passion, Lament, Glory

Date: Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April 2017
Time: 7.30PM
Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral, Cnr of Swanston Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne
Cost: $30 Full / $15 Concession
Booking: Eventbrite online: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/passion-lament-glory-tickets-31244803047?aff=Passion2

Directed by Jane Davidson, this performance presents a highly original enactment of the Passion of Christ that includes spectacular aerial artistry. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater serves as the musical centrepiece, alongside choruses from Handel’s Messiah and other beloved works. Internationally acclaimed conductor Erin Helyard will lead a top baroque ensemble, and Stephen Grant will direct over 100 voices from the Vocal Studies Department at The University of Melbourne.

Shakespeare in the Great Court @ University of Queensland

Shakespeare in the Great Court

Date: 21 October 2016
Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Great Court, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus
Cost: Free

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in collaboration with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble present Shakespeare in the Great Court.

Bring your camping chairs and picnic rugs and join us for some Music and Madness as we take a look at some of William Shakespeare’s memorable theatrical moments in a selection of scenes, sonnets and songs performed by the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, resident theatre company of UQ’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

This event is free and open to everyone so please spread the word.

Limited seating will be available and paid parking is available on site, for details click here.

Refreshments are available to purchase from the many cafes and bars on campus either before or after the performance.

This event is part of Delighted Spirit – the University’s tribute to the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Please note: alcohol is not permitted at this event.

Mercy Panel & Performance: An Exploration of Justice and the Law VS Compassion @ Sydney Opera House

Mercy Panel & Performance: An Exploration of Justice and the Law VS Compassion, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

Date: 4 September, 2016
Time: 5:30pm
Cost: Tickets from $39-$49: http://fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/home/mercy
Venue: Sydney Opera House (Venue 1)

Speakers: Deng Adut, A.C. Grayling, Germaine Greer & Michael Kirby
Cast: John Bell (Duke), Brian Lipson (Shylock), Andrea Demetriades (Portia), James Evans (Antonio) & Damien Strouthos (Bassanio)
Director: Peter Evans

“The quality of mercy is not strained: It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven. Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed: It blessed him that gives, and him that takes.” – Portia, The Merchant of Venice

Have we lost the quality of mercy? If we aim only for what is fair, or for justice, do we narrow the scope for something better? Is there still room for mercy in a secular state?

Sydney Opera House and Bell Shakespeare collaborate to bring the courtroom session from The Merchant of Venice to life and focus on contemporary dilemmas of mercy, justice and the law.


South Sudanese child soldier-turned-Blacktown lawyer, Deng Adut moved hearts with his 2016 Australia Day address. But 33-year-old Adut first won national attention late last year, when a short video about his life went viral. The clip, which has attracted more than 2 million views to date, was produced by Adut’s alma mater, Western Sydney University. Deng, who was conscripted at six years old, had never been to school. He came to Australia as a refugee aged 14, taught himself to read, write and speak English, and won a scholarship to study law in 2005. He now has his own private law practice in Western Sydney and spends much of his free time working with disenfranchised youth and refugees. Deng’s book Songs of a War Boy written with Ben Mckelvey will be published by Hachette Australia in November 2016.

A.C. Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, and the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

As an academic Germaine Greer has spent her whole working life teaching Shakespeare, in Australia, in Britain and in the US. In 1986 OUP published her book on Shakespeare in the Past Masters series, and it has been in print ever since. An Australian-born writer, Greer is regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century. Greer’s ideas have created controversy ever since her first book, The Female Eunuch (1970), became an international best-seller and made her a household name. Her work since then has focused on literature, feminism and the environment.

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby has service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); as President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005); as a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007- 9) and as a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights (2004-).

John Bell is Founding Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare, and one of Australia’s most acclaimed theatre personalities. In 2003 the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, presented John with the Cultural Leader of the Year Award and in 2009 he received the JC Williamson Award for his life’s work in the live performance industry. He has been named an Australian Living Treasure.

Andrea Demetriades has worked consistently in Film, TV and Theatre since graduating from NIDA in 2006. She has worked in theatre across the country including Pygmalion for the Sydney Theatre Company, Oedipus Rex and The Book of Everything for Belvior and multiple Bell Shakespeare Co. productions including Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet.

James Evans is Associate Director at Bell Shakespeare. He is a NIDA (Acting) graduate and holds an MA (English) from the University of Sydney. He has worked extensively as an actor, director and dramaturg. James is Director of The Players, Bell Shakespeare’s touring ensemble, and has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016), Romeo And Juliet (2015), and Macbeth (2014) each playing to over 16,000 students in Sydney and Melbourne. James has co-written and presented acclaimed iPad App Starting Shakespeare (named Best New App by Apple in 17 countries), co-directed the ABC online series Shakespeare Unbound, and produced Shakespeare related content for Google Australia.

Brian Lipson is an actor, director, designer, writer and teacher who has been working in theatre for more than 40 years. He has toured extensively throughout Australia and Internationally performing on stage, tv and film. He has also directed and devised many shows including his solo work A Large Attendance in the Antechamber which received wide acclaim at the Edinburgh, Sydney and Adelaide festivals and toured the United States. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and has been nominated for seven Green Room Awards, winning three. He recently completed an Australia Council Fellowship.

Damien Strouthos graduated WAAPA in 2012 and since has worked extensively as an actor. In 2014, Damien toured with the Bell Shakespeare’ Company’s Henry V in the role of Pistol, directed by Damien Ryan. Damien is also a founding member of the Sport for Jove Theatre Company

Jacob Warner graduated from Actors’ Centre Australia in 2014. He has been in theatre productions including Romeo and Juliet for Bell Shakespeare; On the Shore of the Wide World for Griffin Independent, and Daylight Saving for Darlinghurst Theatre. He’s appeared in the films Hacksaw Ridge, Spice Sisters, Noah and The Fragments as well as the television shows Dr Feelgood and Borders.

Shakespeare at the Opera House Performance

Shakespeare at the Opera House

Date: Thursday 27 October, 2016
Time: 1:00pm
Venue: Nickson Room (434), Zelman Cowan Building (51), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
RSVP: Free event, no RSVP required

The works of William Shakespeare have inspired numerous operas on countless stages around the world. In the nineteenth century, his plays prompted some of the greatest achievements of such composers as Giuseppe Verdi, Otto Nicolai, and Ambroise Thomas. This concert presents excerpts from some of the nineteenth century’s best-loved Shakespearean operas, including Thomas’s Hamlet (1868), Verdi’s Macbeth (1847), Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor) (1848), and Charles-François Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (1867). Featuring some of Brisbane’s finest upcoming opera performers, the concert will include a range of vocal pieces, from duets and trios to large chorus ensemble works. The works are partially staged with piano accompaniment, and audience members will receive a detailed program discussing the works performed.

Presented by the UQ School of Music and the UQ Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800).

Margaret of Anjou Performances @ UNSW and University of Notre Dame

Margaret of Anjou

“This spark will prove a raging fire.”

A French Queen of England, a loyal adulteress, a devoted leader but a devastating foe, Queen Margaret is one of Shakespeare’s most vivid renderings of a historic character. Intrigue, betrayal, romance and revenge coloured the life of this brilliant and compelling woman.
Shakespeare Twentyscore and The Puzzle Productions invite you to two staged readings of Shakespeare’s ‘new’ play, Margaret of Anjou.

Margaret of Anjou By William Shakespeare

  • Edited by Elizabeth Schafer, Dramaturged by Philippa Kelly
  • Directed by Anna Kamaralli
  • Produced by Shakespeare TwentyScore and The Puzzle
  • Supported by Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW and University of Notre Dame School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Theatre

UNSW Performance

Date: 8 July, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Io Myers Studio, UNSW
Tickets: $10. Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=209734


University of Notre Dame Performance

Date: 18 August, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: University of Notre Dame Studio, Broadway
Tickets: Free and unticketed, but has a VERY limited capacity. For further information contact Anna at info@shakespearetwentyscore.org.

For further information see shakespearetwentyscore.org

Australian Premiere of Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Australian premiere of Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Date: Wednesday, 27 July, 2016
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm(AEST)
Venue: Federation Hall – 7-17 Grant Street #5, Southbank, VIC
Cost: Register for your free tickets here

From the mind of award-winning director Julie Taymor (The Lion King on Broadway, Frida, Titus) comes a Shakespeare adaptation like none other, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Rich with Taymor’s trademark creativity, this immersive and darkly poetic cinematic experience brings the play’s iconic fairies, spells and hallucinatory lovers to life. Filmed at her sold-out stage production with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida) and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the centre of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of Shakespeare’s beloved tale.

Taymor’s Dream was released on film at the Toronto International Film Festival in late 2014 and has had limited release primarily in the UK and North America. This screening for the University of Melbourne community is the Australian premiere.

Encounters: The Music of Europe and Asia – Free Concert @ St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco, WA

Encounters: The Music of Europe and Asia

Date: Sunday 19 June, 2016
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Joseph’s Church, 3 Salvado Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Parking: There are approximately 80 spots available in the underground lot of the church (entrance off of Salvado Road). Local parking is also available around the church and across the road.
Tickets: This is a free event. Reserve your ticket HERE.
Enquiries: Please contact Makoto Harris Takao
Full details: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/encounters-the-music-of-europe-and-asia

This concert explores Europe’s first contact with Japan and China from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. These encounters are re-imagined through the sights and sounds of music performed and composed in these lands to the Far East. Tracing Gregorian chant through to chamber music, this unique soundscape of cultural exchange is brought to life by a vibrant group of young early music specialists. This concert features a number of Australian premieres, including the musical drama, Mulier Fortis (Strong Woman), composed in Austria in 1698 about the trials and tribulations of a Japanese Christian convert. These rare pieces tell us a tale about music as a way of communicating across cultures, and how both European merchants and missionaries alike were confronted with a new world continually unfolding before them.

Musicians:

  • Shaun Lee-Chen, violin (Shaun appears courtesy of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra)
  • Ben Dollman, violin (Ben appears courtesy of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra)
  • Alix Hamilton, viola
  • Makoto Harris Takao, viola da gamba
  • Aidan Deasy, theorbo
  • James Huntingford, harpsichord
  • Brent Grapes, trumpet (Brent appears courtesy of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
  • Carly Power, soprano
  • Chelsea Burns, mezzo-soprano
  • Jonathan Brain, tenor
  • Lachlann Lawton, baritone
  • Paull-Anthony Keightley, bass

This event is presented by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800) and the University of Western Australia School of Music.

UQ School of Music – Shakespearean Feast

Shakespearean Feast – The UQ Symphony Orchestra, UQ Chorale and Guest Choirs

Date: 29 May, 2016
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Cultural Precinct, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Street, South Bank
Tickets: $30 / $18 (transaction fees apply): https://www.qpac.com.au/event/uq_school_music_may_16.aspx

The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, with guest choirs, commemorate 400 years of Shakespeare.

Conducted by Warwick Potter, with choirs directed by Graeme Morton, the program includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Shostakovich’s Hamlet Suite, and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, as well as a world premiére composition from UQ student John Rotar.

Come and enjoy the food of love with The University of Queensland!

Shakespeare Live! From the RSC – Screening Across Australia on May 6

Sharmill Films presents:

Shakespeare Live! From the RSC

Celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy in all the arts to mark the 400th anniversary of the world’s greatest playwright.

In Cinemas 6 May 2016

Tickets on sale now! For a list of participating cinemas in Australia, please visit: http://www.sharmillfilms.com.au/?p=5675

A once in a lifetime opportunity. An incredible cast. Featuring a special performance by Prince Charles!

Watch the Trailer!

Hosted by David Tennant, this star-studded show from the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy.

Captured live from Stratford-Upon-Avon on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran has assembled an astonishing once-in-a-lifetime cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tim Minchin, Rufus Wainwright, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Joseph Fiennes, the cast of Horrible Histories, The Royal Ballet, English National Opera (ENO), Birmingham Royal Ballet, and many more, plus a very special appearance by Prince Charles, to perform in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller.

Shakespeare Live! From the RSC will feature numerous theatrical performances, as well as Shakespeare-inspired works spanning the musical genres, including hip-hop, blues, musical theatre, jazz, opera and classical music. This unique gala event will immerse you in the excitement, the drama, the laughter, the tears, the constant reinvention and the utter timelessness of the works of William Shakespeare.

Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director, said:

“I am thrilled that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration to mark this very special anniversary will be seen in cinemas across Britain and around the world. Performances of some of the greatest dramatic scenes ever written, played by some of our greatest actors, will look and sound wonderful on the big screen, as will the songs, the comedy, the dances and the music that we are bringing together in Shakespeare’s home town. Watching it together with an audience in your own town should make it truly an evening to remember.”