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What has been happening within our Republic? Here is where you can find out all the latest news, updates and content available. Just click on the links below to read each post:
 

Festival selection and Industry Awards roundup #Shakespeare #webseries

Despite currently being in lockdown in Melbourne, which has just been extended for another week (yes, folks, here we go again!), it has been an amazing few weeks for the Republic, with four Official Selections for film festivals around the world being added to our recent announcement of becoming an Official Selection for Apulia Web…

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Vote for Shakespeare Republic in the Scenesaver Birthday Honours!

2020 brought about a lot of fantastic initiatives from the Arts world, born out of the difficulties presented by the global pandemic, and one of the leading lights is the global showcase platform for theatre, Scenesaver.co.uk. Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) has all 24 episodes listed on this fabulous resource of global theatre, which…

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Shakespeare Republic #AllTheWebsAStage wins three more awards!

It has been a rollercoaster ride for the latest season of Shakespeare Republic over the past six months. The new season, filmed entirely in lockdown in 2020 using a combination of internet technologies, smartphones and the innovation of our director, cast and crew has been having an amazing run on the international film festival circuit…

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Shakespeare Republic featured in NFSA official collection

Actor, Michala Banas surrounded by the crew during filming of Season Two of Shakespeare Republic on location. Photo by Billy Smedley. We are absolutely thrilled to share that we have been included in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia curated showcase of Australia’s Best Online & Web Series, entitled Zombies, Puppets & Shakespeare!…

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Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) wins Best Film at the 2020 Falstaff Awards

We are absolutely thrilled to share that our current season, Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles), has just been announced as the “Best Film” Award Winner at the 2020 Falstaff Awards presented by PlayShakespeare.com! We were hugely honoured to be only one of two productions nominated in this category alongside the ground-breaking The Show Must…

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Sally McLean talks all things Shakespeare and Republic on the Bard Brunch podcast out of NYC

https://vimeo.com/502720005 Sally McLean was delighted to be invited onto the Bard Brunch podcast, broadcasting internationally out of New York City on Sunday, January 17, 2021 – chatting with host, Genny Yosco, about all things Shakespeare Republic. Just click on the video above to hear her full interview! More news coming soon, so … stay tuned!…

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Republic creator/director interviewed on ABC Radio about latest season of the series

https://vimeo.com/502713759 Sally McLean was delighted to be invited onto Saturday Afternoon on ABC Radio, broadcasting nationally out of Melbourne on Saturday, December 12th, 2020 – chatting with host, the fabulous Shelley Ware, about all things Shakespeare Republic. Just click on the video above to hear her full interview! More news coming soon, so … stay…

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Four awards, twelve official selections and over 70,000 views – Shakespeare Republic #AllTheWebsAStage update

Since we began broadcasting the new stand-alone season of Shakespeare Republic back in August, things have been going from strength to strength with the series. Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) has now released 23 of it’s 24 episodes, featuring actors from all over the world, exploring Shakespeare’s characters in lockdown, all using Shakespeare’s original…

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The experiment continues … #Shakespeare Republic – the global edition

Phoebe Anne Taylor (Australia) in Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) In what is now a tradition on the eve before the premiere of a new season, Shakespeare Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, reflects on the past four months and how she came to be directing a “surprise” edition of her critically acclaimed web series during…

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Our new series “Dark Arcadia” is an ACF BOOST Funding recipient!

We have the exciting announcement that we are one of the lucky recipients of the 2020 Australian Cultural Fund BOOST Grant Program!  Selected from all art forms across Australia in a highly competitive funding round, we are one of 22 independent artists, small groups and art organisations selected to receive this funding boost from the Australian Government for our new mini web…

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Shakespeare Republic featured in new academic textbook to be published by Routledge

Shakespeare Republic is the subject of an entire chapter written by Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, for the forthcoming academic textbook Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations, due for publication globally by Routledge this July! Sally was approached by the fabulous editors of the book (Marina & Aidan – shout out to both of you!) and invited to…

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The Show Must Go Online – A kindred spirit in the online Shakespeare world

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAMtHmeHzio Looking for some brand new productions of Shakespeare to watch during this time of quarantine and lockdown? Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean was recently part of a brilliant new initiative out of the UK – The Show Must Go Online – playing “Katherina” in The Taming Of The Shrew in their second live reading performance opposite an extraordinary cast of actors…

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Three more awards for Shakespeare Republic & we screened at Cannes!

June already?! This year is moving FAST! There are a few things that have been going on in the Republic camp that we’d like to share, including our recent French Premiere in Cannes, the amazing new trophies we get to add to our mantelpiece from London & Cannes and another official selection for the series…

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#OzflixLovesTheBard! New competition in conjunction with Mr Moto & Ozflix!

Republic creator/director and ensemble member, Sally McLean, with one of our awesome Mr Moto flyers in the foyer of Chapel off Chapel in South Yarra Competition Time! To celebrate Shakespeare Republic streaming exclusively on Ozflix and being in development for Season Three, our fabulous Marketing sponsor, Mr Moto (Print & Distribution,…

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Shakespeare Republic acquired by National Film & Sound Archive!

March has turned out to be a wonderful and busy month for the Republic! We are delighted to announce that the entire Shakespeare Republic series (both Seasons One & Two) is now part of the official collection at the NFSA (National Film & Sound Archive) of Australia! As part of their remit to “collect and preserve significant…

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Noosa International Film Festival trip, David Williamson interview & more Speaking Daggers news! #Shakespeare #film #filmmaking

Part 2 of our final quarter ’round up of news from the Republic featuring Speaking Daggers and O, Mistress Mine … read on to find out about our latest clutch of awards and more! Over the past three months, we’ve  had our short film Speaking Daggers continue on it’s international film festival tour, and what a…

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It takes a village – latest news from the Shakespeare Republic trenches and appreciation post for the web series community #Shakespeare #webseries #filmmaking

Happy December! It’s been an extraordinary year and we’d like to thank everyone for continuing to support the Republic as beautifully as you have. Knowing such support is out there for the work keeps our energy levels up and the engines firing for the next leg of the project and we are very grateful to…

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“Playing The Bard” returns to Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia in September #Shakespeare #class #teaching

Republic creator, Sally McLean, addresses the audience on the final open class presentation for “Playing The Bard” at Howard Fine Acting Studios in May 2018 We are so delighted to announce that Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean will be returning to Howard Fine Acting Studios Australia with her popular course “Playing The…

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Shakespeare Republic & Speaking Daggers win four awards between them – plus more festival screenings to come! #Shakespeare #webseries #lovethebard

Announcement of our two award wins at the recent Web Series Festival Awards in Utah, USA earlier this month. SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC It has been an extraordinary couple of months here at the Republic on the international festival circuit, with a swathe of new official selections for the series, plus three amazing…

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The Ides of March … Did Shakespeare get it right?

FAKE NEWS OF MARCH Copyright Mya Lixian Gosling @ www.goodticklebrain.com Thanks to Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, the phrase “Beware the Ides of March” has become something of a common saying. But why? And was Shakespeare correct in the date and depicting the events of Julius Caesar’s death? The answer is “yes” to…

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Part 4: Peak City International Film Festival – New York, North Carolina & LA in twelve days … the USA adventure that was … #PCIFF #SupportIndieFilm #usa #Shakespeare

Republic Producer, Billy Smedley with Creator/Director, Sally McLean and US actor, Johnny Whitaker, who was being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award on the red carpet at the 2017 Peak City International Film Festival. Photo by Phillips Photography NC. Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fantastic break over the…

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New York, North Carolina & LA in twelve days … the USA adventure that was … Part Two #CINE #Award #friends #digitalseries #usa #Shakespeare

Republic creator/director, Sally McLean, holding her award for Best Digital Series at the 60th CINE Celebrates award ceremony in New York What an epic month November has been! Republic members Sally McLean and Billy Smedley have been travelling around America these past two weeks for the Republic, as you may have…

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Shakespeare Republic meets The Pepper Project … in New York! #video #chat #carisandsally #femaledirectors #womeninfilm

https://vimeo.com/245616379 We will be continuing our written diary updates from our USA trip shortly, but today we wanted to share this fun, short video from our time in New York, where Republic creator/director, Sally McLean, managed to finally meet The Pepper Project creator/director, Caris Vujcec, after months of emailing and facebooking – and it was…

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New York, North Carolina & LA in twelve days … the USA adventure that was … Part One @NYCWebFest #webfest #digitalseries #usa #Shakespeare

Global Citizens panel, moderated by Sally McLean with creators from Argentina, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and Canada at NYC WebFest What an epic month November has been! Republic members Sally McLean and Billy Smedley have been travelling around America these past two weeks for the Republic, as you may have seen…

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Shakespeare Republic wins at Bilbao Seriesland! #webseries #digitalseries #shakespeare #lovethebard

https://www.facebook.com/ShakespeareRepublic/videos/1754399261522502/ So excited!!! It’s been a week since the news broke, but we’re still doing a happy dance about it here at the Republic! For those who may have missed our social media updates, we are DELIGHTED to let you know that Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) won the Ensemble Amets Award (Best Ensemble) at…

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The Story of Shakespeare Republic … so far … #shakespeare #digitalseries #webseries

With the Celtic New Year (otherwise known as Halloween) having just passed, we wanted to take a moment to reflect and acknowledge what an incredible year we have had here at Shakespeare Republic … actually, an incredible two and a half years, to be exact. HOW IT ALL BEGAN …

Speaking Daggers gets US festival premiere, more interviews & nominations! #webfest #webseries #shakespeare

[caption id="attachment_3325" align="alignnone" width="1940"] Current Official Selections, nominations and awards for Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) October already!? So much has been going on! SPEAKING DAGGERS We are delighted to say that Speaking Daggers will have it’s US Film Festival premiere next month at the Peak City International Film Festival in North Carolina! We are…

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Listen to our 3RRR FM interview! Minnesota Web Fest Nominations! September is off with a bang! #Shakespeare #WebSeries #WebFest

Welcome to September! It’s been a busy week in the Incognita office with all the Shakespeare Republic festival official selections and nominations, as well as prepping to shoot the teaser for our next project ‘Till The Boys Come Home. More on that project in another update, but for now, we are delighted to announce (in…

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Bilbao & Miami WebFest nominations & we’re No. 20 on the World Cup ladder! #Shakespeare #WebSeries

In case you missed it via our social media channels … We are thrilled to announce that Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) has been nominated for BEST EDITING at Miami Web Fest! Congrats to Sally McLean (Director/Editor), Thanassi Panagiotaras (Editor/Colourist) & Tim McCormick (Sound Editing) for this nod and thank you to the judges! This marks the second…

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Speaking Daggers officially selected for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Shakespeare Film Festival in UK!

Speaking Daggers will make it’s film festival debut at The Shakespeare Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon in September We are delighted to announce that the short film, Speaking Daggers, which grew out of the Shakespeare Republic universe, produced by Incognita Enterprises in conjunction with Independent Schools Victoria and released at the inaugural…

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Shakespeare Republic officially selected for the Festival de Cine de Fuengirola!

So delighted to announce that we have been officially selected for the Festival de Cine de Fuengirola as part of their inaugural Fuengirola Web Fest for 2017! Many thanks to the judges and organizers for including us in this fascinating line-up of series. Partnered with Vancouver Web Fest and BAWEBFEST, this first edition of the FWF will happen in September…

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Two more official selections for Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard! #Shakespeare #WebSeries

So absolutely delighted to announce that Season Two has been officially selected for the Portugal International Film Festival in their Web Series Category! Huge thanks to Jose and the Jury for including us! The Bard now heads to Portugal in September! Dziękuję Portugalię! Niech żyje Bard! We are delighted to announce that Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two)…

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“O Mistress Mine” by Jaron Natoli music video – from the original soundtrack of “Speaking Daggers” #shakespeare #film

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1698505000445262 Incognita Enterprises​ recently produced and launched the Shakespeare Republic short film, Speaking Daggers at the Arts Learning Festival​ at ACMI in conjunction with Independent Schools Victoria​. While the film is doing the festival circuit, which means we can’t release it online just yet, we are delighted to share with you instead this music video…

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“The Arts – Who Needs It?” – Republic creator, Sally McLean’s speech from Independent Schools Victoria’s AGM #ArtsLearning #ArtsEducation

Sally McLean addresses the nearly 300 strong audience at the ISV AGM at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne earlier this month about the importance of Arts Learning. Earlier this month, Shakespeare Republic creator, Sally McLean was invited to address the Independent Schools Victoria AGM on a topic of her choosing….

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New project for Shakespeare Republic: “Speaking Daggers” the #Shakespeare film!

We are so delighted to announce that since releasing the final episode of Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two), we have filmed and have nearly completed post-production on our first commissioned film project for the Republic universe: Speaking Daggers! Starring Michala Banas, Nadine Garner, Christopher Kirby, Sally McLean, Scott Major, Faran Martin, Jaron Natoli and Billy…

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Shakespeare Republic on Book, Stage & Screen #interview #shakespeare #lovethebard

Shakespeare Republic Executive Producer, Billy Smedley with Creator/Director/Producer, Sally McLean at WYN FM Studios, February 16. Photo by Samantha Napier. Shakespeare Republic creator/Director, Sally McLean and Executive Producer/Ensemble member, Billy Smedley were delighted to be invited into studio to be interviewed by the lovely Samantha and Gordon Napier on their wide-ranging Arts…

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Alan Fletcher as a Silver Fox – S2E8 “Making Of” featuring Alan Fletcher & Nadine Garner #ShakespeareSunday #WebSeries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm4G6NEh4As Come behind the scenes of Alan Fletcher’s episode as Jaques to see what happens on our only Sunday shoot (hint, we’re a little hysterical), how much fun a smoke machine is on set, how awesome both Alan Fletcher and Nadine Garner are to work with (as well as all our other cast and crew)…

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Hamlet does backer shoutouts on sugar high – S2E7 “Making Of” featuring Michala Banas #ShakespeareSunday #WebSeries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFQ0aiSrsak Step behind the scenes of Episode Seven, Season Two to see how we put together the episode. See how we got that drone shot, what happens when you give Michala and Sally too many lollies on set and then ask them to do shout outs to our Indiegogo backers (yes, the much awaited perk…

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Henry V does laser strike – S2E6 Behind-The-Scenes featuring Billy Smedley #Shakespeare #WebSeries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw4Y9zJZpx4 Step behind the scenes of Episode Six, Season Two to see how we put together the episode. See how we turn the peaceful surrounds of Lord Somers Camp into a battleground, just how much effort we go to in pursuit of the perfect audio, meet lead actor, Billy Smedley’s actual laser strike team (they…

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Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E4 Behind-The-Scenes featuring Nadine Garner #Shakespeare #WebSeries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuG0BS6tToE Step behind the scenes of Episode Four, Season Two to see how we put together the episode and get a taste of the fun and games of making an independent web series. In this video, we see how seriously Nadine takes making her fake whiskey for the ep, how we worked with the transformation…

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Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E3 Behind-The-Scenes featuring Christopher Kirby #Shakespeare #WebSeries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01awuj4s9G0 Step behind the scenes of Episode Three, Season Two to see how we put together the episode and get a taste of the fun and games of making an independent web series. Featuring Christopher Kirby, Faran Martin and Vuyo Loko (Cast) with Sally McLean, Shaun Herbertson, Cam Green, Billy Smedley, Abramo Peghini, Paulie King,…

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Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E2 Behind-The-Scenes featuring Falon Ryan #Shakespeare #WebSeries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJcXnfZ_mmQ Step behind the scenes of Episode Two, Season Two to see how we put together the episode and get a taste of the fun and games of making an independent web series. Things covered this week include the importance we place on sound during filming, as well as the usual shenanigans our cast and crew…

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Shakespeare In Prison – showing how the Bard can change lives

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=874334476041394 The debate around whether Shakespeare is still relevant continues.  But while the discussion could easily be all academic, the real proof is in taking the Bard off the page and bringing him back to the people – all the people – in performance.  And not just as audience, but as participants. Which brings us…

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Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard Launch Party & Live Show Video! #Shakespeare #Theatre #Webseries

https://youtu.be/WHUpFUb3O5g Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) has officially launched with a difference this year, with a live show element complementing the web series aspect. For one night only, members of our Season Two cast performed Shakespeare monologues live as part of a promenade theatre style show to promote the new season of the web series….

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Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard Official Trailer is here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCvl-KHOPF0 We’ve launched and our official trailer is now live on the interwebs! After a fantastic launch party and our first live performance of the work last Sunday, we can now reveal to the wide world our official trailer for Season Two! We had a fantastic event where this trailer was screened to our full…

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Welcome to our new Production Partner: Mr Moto! #SpotTheScreen #Shakespeare #LiveShow #LoveTheBard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP8e72LNxCc We are so delighted to be able to officially welcome to the Republic team, our latest Production Partner – Mr Moto! The leading Melbourne Arts marketing distribution company, Mr Moto is primarily known for the distribution of printed postcards, posters and flyers around Melbourne theatres, cafes and tourist information points.  But in recent years…

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Shakespeare Republic #LoveTheBard Week Two Wrap Up! #webseries #awards

Still from Nadine Garner’s shoot for her episode of Shakespeare Republic,Season Two at The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne (Photo by Shaun Herbertson) CROWDFUNDING, MORE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS & … MORE AWARDS!! It’s been a busy, busy week here at the Republic office, with our crowdfunding campaign in full swing over at Indiegogo,…

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Shakespeare Republic #LoveTheBard Week One Wrap Up! #Shakespeare

Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) begins filming – starting with two shoot dates at the Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne (Photo by Shaun Herbertson) SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC: #LOVETHEBARD BEGINS FILMING! What a week it has been!  We filmed our first two episodes for 2016 at the fabulous Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne, rehearsals continue for…

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Melbourne WebFest Report 2016: Much fun, new friends & the spark of rediscovered community

Shakespeare Republic at @MelbWebFest! #screening #melbourne #shakespeare

[caption id="attachment_2288" align="alignnone" width="632"] Shakespeare Republic Creator, Sally McLean with Co-Producer, Billy Smedley on the red carpet at the Melbourne Web Fest Launch (Photo courtesy of Melbourne Web Fest) This week we are prepping to attend the upcoming Melbourne Web Fest (running from July 1-3), here in our fair city, but first we will be…

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Bard-Raising – Shakespeare Republic is Crowdfunding! And we have a new video!

https://vimeo.com/165399778 Join Republic members Alan Fletcher, Sally McLean and Billy Smedley as they take you through the current crowdfunding campaign for Shakespeare Republic as only they can. Yes, it’s time for some “Bard-Raising”!! (with thanks to our brilliant Sound Recordist, Tim McCormick for the title of this vid). Hear what we’re doing, why we’re doing…

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Celebrating William Shakespeare #Shakespeare400 #ShakespeareLives

All the team here at Shakespeare Republic would like to wish Mr Shakespeare a very Happy Birthday – and have recorded this video specially for today’s anniversary celebrations. On your 452nd Birthday and the 400th anniversary of your death – thank you William Shakespeare for everything. ’till next we speak … see you anon, Team…

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Cast Announcement: Shakespeare Republic welcomes new cast member – Christopher Kirby!

We are thrilled to welcome new Republic Member and our first American cast member: Christopher Kirby! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je3fG-YH5mQ Meet Chris … Chris is probably best known for his roles in numerous blockbuster films such as Daybreakers, Predestination, the Matrix sequels, Iron Sky, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith and many more. Chris began his career in his native USA before moving to Australia…

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Cast Announcement: Shakespeare Republic welcomes new member – Wahibe Moussa!

We are delighted to welcome new Republic Member, the talented and delightful Wahibe Moussa! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzEjaT647dc Meet Wahibe … Wahibe Moussa is an award winning actor, a writer and emerging dramaturg and director. Since graduating from Victoria University of Technology in 2000, she has appeared in ensemble and self-devised theatre productions, as well as television shows such…

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Cast Announcement: Shakespeare Republic welcomes new member – Dean Haglund!

We are delighted to welcome new Republic Member and our first Canadian cast member: Dean Haglund! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f36rlevVmsQ Meet Dean … Dean is probably best known for his ten seasons playing “Richard “Ringo” Langly”, one of the “The Lone Gunmen” from the hit series The X-Files, and The X-Files spin off, The Lone Gunmen, both for Fox Television….

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