Shakespeare and SUDS

Edward Furst has put together the whole story of the University of Sydney’s history of staging Shakespeare. Also offering a brief history of the Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS), photos and all, it’s well worth the read. But what is this about abandoning a production of Macbeth due to a shortage of male actors? I’m sure they must have had women who would have stepped into the breeches!

Shakespeare’s Timeless Legacy at Sydney University

Poster showing bloodied female hands. Text: LADY "call me what you will"
SUDS has staged both original texts, and adaptations and reworkings like this one

Pilgrimage – a concert

14 & 15 May, Blackheath.

For two performances, Gerald Finzi’s song cycle setting ballads from Shakespeare’s plays will be incorporated with other lyrical vocal works from the past century.

“In three of the most beautiful song cycles of the early 20th century, Pilgrimage will take you from the wild isolation of medieval Irish monks, through the red beating heart of Spain and, on the 400th anniversary of his death, through the varied minds of Shakespeare, with a moment to stop and gaze at the moon in Debussy’s Clair de Lune.”


  • Barber’s Hermit Songs
  • De Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares
  • Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring

Sung by Susannah Lawergren (Soprano), Hannah Fraser (Mezzo-Soprano) and Andrew O’Connor (Bass-Baritone) with pianist Ben Burton and Debussy’s Clair de Lune.

May 14th, 3pm at Blackheath Uniting Church

May 15th, 3pm at the Flute Tree, Leichhardt

Full details here.

Line drawing of faces. Text: Pilgrimage.