Double Bill from Montague Basement

29 November – 10 December, Erskineville

Text in watercolour: Montague Basement



The Taming of the Shrew

An ambitious double bill staged up close and personal in the compact space of the PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville.

“A lean, contemporary and viciously polemical Shrew up aside an abstract, mercurial and surreal Macbeth; this thrilling double bill is Shakespeare for those who want something a bit different.”

Full details and tickets here.

Smudged chalk sketch of man and woman, head and shoulders, screaming.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

24 – 26 November, Sydney.

Sibils presents…

For three shows only, this riotous classic of the comedy circuit will swoosh you through all the comedies, the histories, and yea verily the tragedies in 97 minutes.

In the finest tradition of really silly standup/revue/parody/high art of the greatest refinement and taste, and you can find it in Darlinghurst.

Cast: Josie Bray, Emily Burke and James Wilson
Director: Chris McKay

Creative Space 99 Backstage
Crown Lane
Behind 99 Crown St, Darlinghurst

Full details and tickets here.

A brief Midsummer Night’s dance in Wellington

25 – 27 November, Wellington

A revival, for four nights only, of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Queensland Ballet’s co-production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“Created for the RNZB by one of the most sought after choreographers on the international stage, Liam Scarlett, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an overnight sensation.

Be transported to a fantastical world of dazzling dance, music and enchantment. Lovers, fairies, mischief and moonlight conspire in Shakespeare’s classic tale, vividly retold with sparkling steps and Mendelssohn’s famous score.”

It does look like a sublimely beautiful way to while away a spring evening.

Full details and bookings here.

Crowd of ballet dancers in blue tutus, posing.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Thoughts on Henry V

22 November, Canberra

Public Seminar at the ANU:

“Making Memories: Performing Research on Henry V in Australia”

Leaders in scholarship on Shakespeare in the theatre, Dr Kate Flaherty (ANU) and Dr Rob Conkie (La Trobe) are joining to speak on Australia’s engagement with Shakespeare’s Henry V in performance, as a commentary on war, on nation and on history.

“When the first ANZAC Day (25 April 1916) collided with the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (23 April 1916), a special kind of challenge was issued to the Australian commemorative calendar. To this day productions of Henry V still bear traces of the ways in which the newly federated nation met this challenge. From a newsreel of a ‘Shakespeare in the Schools’ on the steps of the ANZAC memorial in 1955, to the 1995 Bell Shakespeare production featuring ‘diggers’, to the 2014 Bell production which couched its meditation of war politics in the context of the London blitz, Australian treatments of the play map a specifically Australian politics of war remembrance.”

On campus at ANU, Tuesday 22 November, 4.15 – 5.30pm, Humanities Research Centre Conference Room.

No charge, all welcome, light refreshments provided.

Making Memories

Group of 1940s schoolchildren and teachers gathered around a book.
A scene from the 2015 Bell Shakespeare production of Henry V

ANZSA conference kicking off

17 – 19 November, Hamilton.

“Shakespeare at the Edges”

Every second year, whether or not there is an anniversary of note, Shakespeare scholars from the antipodes meet to share their latest ideas and research. ANZSA – the Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association – is a loosely associated and highly interdisciplinary collective, so the conference is always an opportunity to catch up on all kinds of areas, literary, historic and performative.

The location moves around Australia and New Zealand. This time it is at the University of Waikato, so we hope everyone stays safe from any aftershocks. At present everything will be going ahead as originally planned.

Have a look at the ANZSA website to follow what is going on.

Small boat in blue water below cliffs. Text: dates of conference.

Beyond 400: New Shakespeares

15 November, Melbourne

The University of Melbourne will be hosting a one-day symposium considering the way ahead, after a year of Shakespeare 400 commemorative events.

An impressive lineup of international speakers will contribute. Keynote speakers include:

Defining the BBC 2012 and 2016 Shakespeare Seasons in Festival Terms: Dr Sarah Olive, University of York

Shakespeare and the digital sphere: performance and the public in the RSC / Google+’s Midsummer Night’s Dreaming: Dr Erin Sullivan, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Defining Shakespeare: Professor John Jowett, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Canon, Chronology and Collaboration in Shakespeare’s Early Career: Dr Will Sharpe, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Check out this flyer for full blogs of the key speakers: beyond400

Papers will also be given by Laurie Johnson, Mark O’Connor, Paul Kauffman, David Rowland, and your humble correspondent.

From the University of Melbourne website:

After a year-long celebration of the quartercentenary of Shakespeare’s death, it’s time to move from reflection to future directions. What will Shakespearean text and performance look like, beyond the 400 year anniversary? This symposium will draw on the expertise of its four keynote speakers from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham and the University of York to focus on questions of editing and performance.

The day runs 9am – 4pm, and is free of charge.

Full details here.

Shakespeare Day at Notre Dame

9 November, Sydney

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney is hosting a full day of presentations showcasing their engagement with this anniversary year. Two special parts of that are open to the public, and all who are interested are warmly invited to attend.

There will be a 1pm keynote address by Professor Chris Wortham on Shakespeare’s Maps, and students will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Notre Dame Theatre at 4.30pm, which will be followed by a reception.

The campus is on the corner of Abercrombie Street and Broadway in Chippendale and is very easy to find. There is no charge, and no need to book.

You can read more about the ideas behind the day and, what went on, here.

Event details in PDF form, as listed above, also biog and picture of Prof. Wortham.
Programme of events for the day

Auckland Pop-Up Globe New Season

Born out of pure passion and determination, it is only fitting that New Zealand’s Pop-Up Globe theatre should continue to thrive on the same.

This gorgeous project, which manages to be research, art and entertainment all at once, will be returning early in 2017, giving New Zealand artists and audiences another chance to experience the joy and wonder of this unique space.

Interior of open-air Globe with actors in period costume.
Twelfth Night

Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Othello, and Henry V comprise the newly announced season.

The 2017 season will run from February 23 to May 14 and tickets are on sale now.

Here is an interview with founder and Artistic Director Miles Gregory.

Posters for the 4 plays listed above, with composite portraits.