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Shakespeare’s #QandA moment has arrived

5 September, Sydney.

Earlier in the year we posted a clip from the ABC’s current affairs talk show Q&A, in which host Tony Jones coaxed a commitment from Germaine Greer to return for more Shakespeare talk.

Greer and Q&A have followed through with a special edition of the program, arranged in conjunction with the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and filmed at the Sydney Opera House. They have assembled an exceptional panel to converse and comment, and I hope we will see some stimulating questions.

Join Q&A for a Shakespeare special on Monday 5th September from 8.30pm at the Sydney Opera House.

Answering your questions is this stellar panel:

The founder of the Bell Shakespeare company John Bell
Shakespeare scholar Germaine Greer
Actor and writer Kate Mulvany
Indigenous performer Kylie Farmer, who is translating the Bard into the Nyungar language
Philosopher A.C. Grayling

Would you like to join the debate? If you would like to be part of the audience, you can register here.

The show is broadcast live on the ABC at 9.35pm on Monday.

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.


Shakespeare and Greer in The Conversation

Anyone who has read The Female Eunuch is aware of Germaine Greer’s long abiding interest in Shakespeare. All who have followed her subsequent work would be familiar with the short Introduction to Shakespeare she published in 2002 for Oxford University Press, and with her incredibly dense and yet illuminating historic work Shakespeare’s Wife.

In today’s Conversation, Rachel Buchanan, an Archivist at the University of Melbourne, has used what appear to be staggeringly extensive records held there to chart the influence of Shakespeare and other Renaissance writers on Greer’s development as an author and thinker.

I will go back and read it over again in detail as soon as the panic attack from thinking about anyone ever preserving or having access to my own undergraduate lecture notes subsides.

How Shakespeare helped shape Germaine Greer’s feminist masterpiece.

Book cover showing torso of woman in blue Renaissance gown, holding a flower.
The cover of Shakespeare’s Wife

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