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Shakespeare Reloaded

One of the most thrilling new Shakespeare resources to appear on the scene has been created out of the English Department of the University of Sydney, a labour of love from Professor Liam Semler.

Shakespeare Reloaded is a whole new, holistic way of thinking about Shakespeare education. Stimulating, variegated and interactive, it includes reflective writing, activities, analysis, research, listings, links and pretty much everything else you can think of.

This resource will continue to expand and will be invaluable for teachers of all levels, students, and those who are simply interested in richer encounters with Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Reloaded

Red and black logo with text: Shakespeare Reloaded

Professional Learning Day: Interpreting Shakespeare

28 July, Melbourne.

From La Trobe University and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Interpreting Shakespeare is a professional learning day which marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Thursday 28 July 2016, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Bring Shakespeare back to life in your classroom.

In conjunction with La Trobe University, ACMI invites teachers to bring Shakespeare back to life in their classrooms by spending a professional learning day Interpreting Shakespeare.

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, this one-day professional learning program offers teachers stimulating and thought-provoking approaches to reading and teaching Shakespeare texts. Focusing on moving image and theatrical interpretations of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, this all-day program offers a range of perspectives to re-enliven this educational rite of passage.

“If Shakespeare were alive and writing today, would he be a screenwriter? Would he be adapting Game of Thrones?” said ACMI Education Programmer Susan Bye. “Together with La Trobe University, ACMI has developed a range of exciting approaches to show how each time one of Shakespeare’s plays is adapted for the screen or performed on stage, he is reborn. This learning day will equip teachers with techniques that will not only ensure Shakespeare remains relevant to today’s students, but vital. Long live the bard!”

Presenters include members of the English, Drama and Cinema programs at La Trobe, ACMI’s team of expert educators and special guest, Dr David McInnis, Gerry Higgins lecturer in Shakespeare Studies, University of Melbourne.

Registration: Teacher $110, Student Teacher $70, includes morning tea, lunch and resource pack.

Click here for more information and to download the program. 


Say happy birthday to Shakespeare

As you would already know, since you have been reading all our posts on this page, the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is also his birthday. And that is next Saturday!

To celebrate, Melbourne filmmakers Shakespeare Republic are putting together a video, and they want you to join in. Make a “Happy Birthday Shakespeare” message and send it to them to be part of their special event.

See below image for text transcription.

Text reads: It’s nearly Shakespeare’s birthday, and Shakespeare Republic is celebrating! Send your ‘happy birthday Shakespeare’ video message of 15 seconds or less to by Wednesday April 20th, 2016 to be included in our birthday video and join the international party! Do you #LoveTheBard?

Help the Pop-Up Globe stay up

Shakespeare performance in Auckland has been given an amazing boost with the appearance of the Pop-Up Globe.

Man and woman on stage, interior of pop-up Globe, with audience.
Performance of Hamlet by the Lord Lackbeards

Running performances from a whole range of companies since February, the theatre’s construction is based on years of research, from historians and theatre scholars including Associate Professor at Sydney University, Tim Fitzpatrick.

It is a wonderful tribute to what can be achieved with a combination of imagination, craft and passion.

Please go to the petition Keep the Pop-Up Globe and sign to help keep the Globe in operation.

Exterior of the Pop-Up Globe.

Shakespeare for Shorties at the State Library

Wednesdays starting 6 April, Sydney.

Outside signage: State Library NSWThe State Library of NSW is offering a fun morning session for little ones, introducing them to Shakespeare’s language.

Children’s books, making finger puppets and balloon swords all feature.

Designed for children aged under 5. Meeting at the Macquarie Street foyer at 10.30am. Free, and no bookings required, except for groups of 10 or more.

Full details here.

For bigger kids (8-12 years) there is a mask making workshop, with some discussion about how masks have been used in theatre, on Tuesday 12 April, 10am. Cost $20, bookings essential.

Full details here.

Sonnet Competition

Does your body hold the soul of a poet? Everybody, surely, has at least one sonnet in them. Here is a chance to share yours.

Open book with centre leaves flying out, becoming birds.

From the Shakespeare Club of Western Australia:

“To join the world-wide observances commemorating Shakespeare’s life and the 400th anniversary of his death the Shakespeare Club of WA is sponsoring a competition:  WRITE YOUR OWN SONNET.

Exercise your imagination and creative spark in a poem in the pattern of a Shakespearean sonnet, but using modern language.

Choose any theme, but link it in some way with Western Australia.

It can be comic, serious, satirical, romantic, descriptive… or what you will.”

Prizes:    1st:  $300     2nd:  $200     3rd:  $100

CLOSING DATE:  23rd September 2016

Full details here.