Extended CFP on this year’s ANZSA conference

CFP deadline 1 September, conference November 17-19.

“Shakespeare at the Edges”

The Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association holds a conference every two years. In 2016 this is taking place at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Those who are still deciding whether to make the trip over the pond in November now have an extra few weeks to submit a proposal for a presentation.

The final call for papers for ANZSA2016: Shakespeare at the Edges will now be Thursday September 1. Abstracts submitted before the final date will be considered and the proposers notified progressively.

Film still exterior of Bag End in Lord of the Rings.
Fie upon this quiet life: I want work.

From the website:

“The Conference will feature plenary and panel sessions, live performance and film screenings. Conference highlights include keynote addresses by Douglas Bruster (Shakespeare and the Question of Culture, 2003, and Shakespeare and the Power of Performance, 2008 with Robert Weimann); Lisa Hopkins (Shakespeare on the Edge, 2005, and Renaissance Drama on the Edge, 2014); a special performance for delegates of Regan Taylor’s commedia-inspired Maori adaptation: Solothello; delegates will be able to attend Carving in Ice’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in the playhouse on the University Campus. Seats will be reserved for Friday November 18. The Conference dinner wil be at the Green Dragon Pub, Hobbiton, 45 minutes drive from the University of Waikato.”

You have to credit the allure of an academic conference that holds its official dinner in Hobbiton.

email: maph@waikato.ac.nz or anzsa2016@waikato.ac.nz

Full details of the conference here.

Margaret of Anjou arrives in Sydney

8 July, 18 August, Sydney.

“This spark will prove a raging fire.”

A French Queen of England, a loyal adulteress, a devoted leader but a devastating foe, Queen Margaret is one of Shakespeare’s most vivid renderings of a historic character. Intrigue, betrayal, romance and revenge coloured the life of this brilliant and compelling woman.

In the 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death, countless theatre makers have wrestled with the task that has become a constant in theatrical practice: how do we make this new? We have seen Hamlet played by lions, The Taming of the Shrew in a high school and Macbeth in a kitchen, but only a very brave few have had the ingenuity to take Shakespeare’s words and craft a new play, with ‘all the right words, but not necessarily in the right order’. One such impresario is Elizabeth Schafer, her chosen story that of the Wars’ Reddest Rose, Margaret of Anjou.

Straddling fifty-two years of history, three kings and no fewer than four of Shakespeare’s plays, the story of Queen Margaret is less a power parable, more a tale of the resilience, resolve and charisma that is demanded of a princess, queen, general and mother. Taken from her home in France and married to a foreign king, Margaret fights passionately for her new house. No such fight is without casualties.

Shakespeare Twentyscore and The Puzzle Productions invite you to two staged readings of Shakespeare’s ‘new’ play, Margaret of Anjou. Performances will take place at 7pm on the 8th of July at UNSW’s Io Myers Studio and the 18th of August at the University of Notre Dame Studio, Broadway.

A cast of 16 includes Claire Bird, Teresa Jakovich and Wendy Strehlow as Margaret, Chris Huntly-Turner as Suffolk, John Galea as King Henry VI, and Jane Bergeron as Richard III.

Some further background to the project and a short podcast from the Director are available here.

Margaret of Anjou by William Shakespeare

  • Tickets for 8 July (Io Myers Studio, UNSW) are $10.
  • The performance on 18 August (Notre Dame Studio) is free and unticketed.

For further information contact Anna at info@shakespearetwentyscore.org

Poster with superimposed stencilled rose. Text with details of performance, as above.

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.

Logo, bright purple with graphic of hand with heart drawn on palm.

Shakespeare on Film

14-26 July, Melbourne

Presented by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Association with University of Melbourne

Shakespeare on Film

This is a full-to-the-brim season including a whole slew of new films and glorious classics. Be sure to check their full programme.

“In association with the University of Melbourne ACMI presents an international touring program from the British Film Institute (BFI) and the British Council that explores the deep affinity between cinema and The Bard. With so much high drama, history and romance, it’s little wonder that William Shakespeare is credited with more film adaptations that any other writer. Special presentations include Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Cinema with a new score by the Globe musicians, and a digital restoration of Richard III with an exclusive on-stage discussion between Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine recorded at BFI Southbank.”

Tickets $17/$13/$10, plus 3-session and 6-session passes.

Full details here.

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. 

 

Symposium announcement and CFP

15 November, Melbourne.

Beyond 400: New Shakespeares
A Symposium

Logo: large pink 400 with Shakespeare Melbourne superimposed.

After a year-long celebration of the quatercentenary 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 to focus on questions of editing and performance.

There is no registration fee, and auditors are extremely welcome. Please register your intention to attend here.

Four varied and exciting Keynote Speakers are scheduled, but there is room for interest in further papers.

“Defining Shakespeare”
Prof. John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute)

“Defining the BBC 2012 & 2016 Shakespeare Seasons in Festival Terms”
Dr Sarah Olive (York University)

“Canon, Chronology and Collaboration in Shakespeare’s Early Career”
Dr Will Sharpe (Shakespeare Institute)

“Shakespeare and the Digital Sphere: Performance and the Public in the RSC/Google+’s Midsummer Night’s Dreaming
Dr Erin Sullivan (Shakespeare Institute)

If you would like to present a paper, proposals for short, 10 minute papers are now invited. Please send your name, a 100 word bio, and a 200 word (max) abstract to Miriam Webster (miriam.webster@unimelb.edu.au) by Monday 01 August 2016.

Full details here, including information about the speakers and their presentations.

N.B. This symposium has been scheduled such that ANZSA (Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association) delegates heading to Hamilton can come to Melbourne first, spend the following day (16 Nov) in transit, and arrive comfortably for the start of the ANZSA conference at the University of Waikato.

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

Taymor’s Dream screening in Melbourne

27 July, Melbourne.

Julie Taymor is acknowledged as one of the most thrilling directors of Shakespeare in the world today. Her New York production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a masterpiece of word, music and image building into something beyond an ordinary piece of theatre.

Man in donkey head costume and small child in white makeup.
A still from the production

Supported by the University of Melbourne’s Shakespeare 400 initiative, and by the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Australian audiences will finally have the chance to immerse themselves in Taymor’s exquisite multi-media, hallucinatory stage world. “Taymor’s Dream was released on film at the Toronto International Film Festival in late 2014 and has had limited release primarily in the UK and North America. This screening for the University of Melbourne community is the Australian premiere.”

Hopefully this will be an inspiration to other cities.

WHEN
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
WHERE
Federation Hall – 7-17 Grant Street #5, Southbank, VIC 3006

Tickets are free, but you can book ahead: Full details here.