Category Archives: actors

New Work from Shakespeare Republic

It’s been a huge year for Melbourne-based actors’ collective Shakespeare Republic. After an amazing run of gathering up awards everywhere they went, they have recently launched their next round of videos.

Season Two of the Shakespeare Republic series will be appearing over 2017. These are beautifully produced soliloquies from Shakespeare’s most famous characters, interpreted by a wide range of talented actors.

You can find their site here.

Check out their projects, and sling them some support if you can.

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Sport for Jove New Summer Shakespeare Season

From 17 December, Bella Vista Farm and Leura Everglades.

Hearing what Sport for Jove will be doing next is always something to look forward to. This year’s outdoor summer season looks as incisive and vigorous as ever, with a focus on the Roman plays.

Julius Caesar

A play about self-serving politicians manipulating the mob into destroying their democracy themselves – what could be more topical?

This play is very much an ensemble piece, and boasts a cast of great depth, but Suzanne Pereira will carry the title role.

Antony and Cleopatra

One of the great tragedies, surprisingly rarely performed in Australia. Love and loss on the scale of empires.

Camilla Ah Kin and Christian Stollery will be playing the couple who find a kingdom well lost.

Full details here.

Opening this weekend.

Two women seated outdoors, in red and black.
Camilla Ah Kin plays Cleopatra and Suzanne Pereira is Julius Caesar Photo by James Brickwood

The Pop-Up Globe Lives On

New Zealand actors, here is your opportunity to become part of the next phase of the life of this magical appearing-disappearing-reappearing theatre.

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

Auckland’s Pop-Up Globe is auditioning for actors to join their 2017 season. Auditions are by invitation, and the work is paid (whoo-hoo!). Auditions take place in September and October.

Details for what is needed to secure an audition are here.

Logo with block drawing of Globe theatre. Text: Pop-up Globe the 2016 Auckland season.

Congratulations Mark Leonard Winter

This was the week of the Helpmann Awards, Australia’s annual awards for live performance.

The award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play went to Mark Leonard Winter for his performance as Edgar in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of King Lear.

B&W headshot of young, white man.

Edgar is always a demanding, virtuoso role, that allows a younger actor to show his mettle. The review of King Lear in the Guardian said, “Mark Leonard Winter as Edgar debased into the madman Poor Tom is also wonderful. His nakedness draped only by a tendril of tinsel, Winter is so persuasive in his lunacy that when Lear drops his own pants too, and he and Tom stumble around the storm together – real rain beating down on their uncovered skulls – chaos and comedy perfectly collide.”

Congratulations to Mark, and to the production.

 

The Shakespeare Carnival is Here

18 June, Sydney.

Sport for Jove’s initiative to offer a creative platform to Shakespeare enthusiasts in high schools is all set to show itself to the world.

This coming Saturday, the State Carnival will showcase the best of the student pieces developed through this new opportunity to creatively engage with Shakespeare’s works.

All through this term schools around the state have been holding in-school and regional competitions in a range of performance and design categories, and now the finalists are ready for showtime. The evening’s performance is taking place at the Seymour Centre, and is open to the public. You can see tomorrow’s stars in shine in work that has been equal parts challenging, creative and inspiring.

Festival director Chris Tomkinson says, “There are a some wonderful performances and delightful talent on display across all the performance categories of song composition, dance, acting and design. Students have participated from all across the city, from many regions outside of Sydney and as far afield as Armidale.
Participants in the finals come from Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, Armidale and, of course, right across Sydney.”

There is no question the desire and the enthusiasm for such an event has been simmering away just waiting for a team like Sport for Jove to give it an outlet. Congratulations to all the students who took part, and the parents and teachers who supported them, and chookas to the finalists!

Tickets are only $20, you can book them here.

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This year’s Shakespeare at NIDA

7 – 15 June, Sydney.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney has always incorporated Shakespeare into their actor training courses.

In June the current group will give public performances of Twelfth Night (directed by Tom Wright) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Iain Sinclair). This is always a delightful chance to see the next crop of actors whose names we will all come to know giving fresh and enthusiastic performances.

Full details and bookings here for Twelfth Night and here for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Young woman's bare back with pink and leafy shadows.

Call for actors: Margaret of Anjou in Sydney

A rehearsed reading of Shakespeare’s ‘new’ play Margaret of Anjou will be performed for two nights: at the Io Myers theatre at the University of NSW on Friday 8 July and at the Theatre of the University of Notre Dame on Thursday 18 August.

Actors of all kinds are invited to take part. The play has a large cast,  lots of terrific juicy roles, and we will be cross-casting women playing men a great deal.

Long sword.

Previously seen in Perth and Ballarat, but not yet performed in Sydney, this play combines elements from the 3 parts of Henry VI and Richard III, to centre the figure of the extraordinary Queen who lives through more than any other character in Shakespeare.

The piece goes for a little over an hour. I estimate 4 rehearsals, but that may be adjusted according to everybody’s feeling about their availability and the needs of the piece. This is not a paying gig, so I will be respectful of people’s time commitments.

Directed by Anna Kamaralli, edited by Liz Schafer, dramaturged by Philippa Kelly, and written by William Shakespeare!

Details for auditions, or just to come in and have a chat about being involved:

  • Location – Notre Dame Theatre, Broadway Campus, Chippendale
  • Times available – Thursdays 5 & 12 May, 4.30 – 7.30pm, other times by arrangement
  • Bring – a monologue in verse or a sonnet
  • Please write to Anna at kamarala@tcd.ie to hear more, or to arrange a time.
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Supported by The Puzzle Theatre Company

An important video

Just one month to go until the day itself – 23 April, the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and therefore the perfect time to reflect on what kind of humans we are capable of being. Shakespeare always wrote masterfully from the perspective of the excluded and marginalised in society. While we have no recorded political statements in his own voice, we do have the words of someone who was clear-eyed about the damage that will be wrought when prejudice gains power.

Give a few minutes to listening to Sir Ian McKellen speak the part of Sir Thomas More from the play of that name (a collaborative work from Shakespeare and several other poets). The piece is an apt reminder of what it really means to allow ourselves to be governed by what is worst in ourselves. I think it shows Shakespeare’s exceptional talent for imagining himself into other peoples’ place.

Here is the giddyingly learned Sylvia Morris at The Shakespeare Blog with all kinds of background on this play, its history and relevance.

And here is Harriet Walter with the same speech. Perhaps some Australian actors might like to add their version?

Which Play?

A little game courtesy of the students from NUTS (the NSW University Theatrical Society). Can you tell which of Shakespeare’s plays is being represented by the cunningly performed tableaux?

  1. Let’s start with an easy one:

Young woman holds up a skull.2. Another warm-up to get you into the swing of the game:

Young man wearing furry ears and young woman wearing flower garland and fairy wings.

3. Here’s one we don’t see performed as often:

Young man with beard looking at young pregnant woman, who is holding up a ring.

4. Getting a little tricker now:

3 women in masks lean on a tree, 3 men in masks observe them.

5. A better known pastoral comedy. Not seen so often these days, but it used to be wildly popular:

Young man sitting in a tree writing in a book with a quill.

6. Giving the History plays a look in:

Man lying down while another holds a crown above his own head.

7. What about this old favourite?

Young woman in tree reaches down to young woman in mask standing below.

8. And another crowd-pleaser, but with a sad lack of blood in our props supply:

Young man seated staring at a knife.

How did you do? Answers below…

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Five young men and women in bits of costume sitting in a tree.
Thanks to Michael, Moreblessing, Tess, Joe, Andrew, James and Lucy.
  1. Hamlet 2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3. All’s Well That Ends Well 4. Love’s Labours Lost 5. As You Like It 6. Henry IV 7. Romeo and Juliet 8. Macbeth (although that’s a wakizashi he’s holding, so technically it’s Throne of Blood – getting one in for the film buffs!)