• Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Musing On The Bard: Billy Smedley On Shakespeare

    As part of our Musing On The Bard series, we sat down with each of our ensemble members to find out what their thoughts are on Shakespeare, the challenges they face when working with Shakespeare text and any other thoughts they might like to share with you and us as they embark on this journey into our new Republic. Our next video in the series focuses on Republic member, Billy Smedley, who shares his feelings on the staging of Shakespeare’s works in the 21st Century, what the challenges are, and the love he has for Shakespeare’s works in general. WARNING: Billy shares all this in his usual direct manner, and while we have…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Musing On The Bard: Michala Banas On Shakespeare

    As part of our Musing On The Bard series, we sat down with each of our ensemble members to find out what their thoughts are on Shakespeare, the challenges they face when working with Shakespeare text and any other thoughts they might like to share with you and us as they embark on this journey into our new Republic. Our next video in the series focuses on Republic member, Michala Banas, who shares her feelings on playing Shakespeare 400 years after he lived, the language and how she feels about taking on the Bard for the first time in her career.  Michala’s sense of humour is evident in this piece, as well…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Musing On The Bard: Rowena Hutson On Shakespeare

    As part of our Musing On The Bard series, we sat down with each of our ensemble members to find out what their thoughts are on Shakespeare, the challenges they face when working with Shakespeare text and any other thoughts they might like to share with you and us as they embark on this journey into our new Republic. Our third video in the series focuses on Republic member, Rowena Hutson, who shares her feelings on playing Shakespeare, the language and how she feels about the Bard in general.  You’ll also see a cameo appearance from Alan Fletcher, who managed to turn getting everyone coffee during the shoot into an ode to the…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Musing On The Bard: Alan Fletcher On Shakespeare

    As part of our Musing On The Bard series, we sat down with each of our ensemble members to find out what their thoughts are on Shakespeare, the challenges they face when working with Shakespeare text and any other thoughts they might like to share with you and us as they embark on this journey into our new Republic. Our second video in the series focuses on Republic member, Alan Fletcher, who shares his feelings about Shakespeare and the work in a contemporary context, as well as his general thoughts on Shakespeare as a writer and Shakespeare’s contribution to the world of literature.  Through this interview, we get just how much Alan loves…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Musing On The Bard: Ben Steel On Shakespeare

    As part of our Musing On The Bard series, we sat down with each of our ensemble members to find out what their thoughts are on Shakespeare, the challenges they face when working with Shakespeare text and any other thoughts they might like to share with you and us as they embark on this journey into our new Republic. To kick things off, we have started with Republic member, Ben Steel, who shares his feelings on facing Shakespeare for the first time, as well as his musings on who Shakespeare might have been.  (Please note – Ben is somewhat alone in our Republic in regards to his views on Shakespeare’s history/identity…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Cast Interviews: Shakespeare In Three Words

    We asked the ensemble of Shakespeare Republic to describe what Shakespeare means to them in three words. Their answers were honest, inspiring and surprising – and all different. So what does Shakespeare mean to you?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. To ensure you don’t miss anything, feel free to sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or subscribe to our Youtube channel. Shakespeare Republic … all the world’s a stage!

  • Fun Facts,  Video

    VIDEO: The Bardolator: Who Was Shakespeare? (in under two minutes)

    Today we bring you a quick, fun look at who Shakespeare was and how we ended up with his works, courtesy of our fun facts segment, “The Bardolator”. Animated and voiced by Shakespeare Republic Director, Sally McLean (created for a competition over a decade ago from that organisation’s script of Shakespeare “facts” that had to be used in the video), here’s a potted history of Who Was Shakespeare? (in under two minutes). We will be bringing you more videos from the team in the next few weeks, but right now rehearsals are underway for our first four episodes and it is creative madness!  In the meantime, we couldn’t resist sharing…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Cast Interviews: What Was Your First Encounter With Shakespeare?

    We sat down with the ensemble of Shakespeare Republic to hear their responses to the question: “What was your first encounter with Shakespeare?”.  Their answers range from the insightful to the surprising with a few laughs thrown in for good measure, which we think many will relate to. And it got us thinking – how did you first encounter Shakespeare?  How did you feel about that encounter?  What were your first impressions?  Did that change?  We’d love to hear from you about how you first met the Bard, so feel free to leave your comments below to become part of the conversation and share your story of your first Shakespeare encounter. To…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Behind The Scenes: What Is Shakespeare Republic?

    When Shakespeare Republic Director, Sally McLean, first floated the idea of putting together a series that explored Shakespeare from an actor’s perspective through performance, with a few yet-to-be-revealed twists, little did she know that a few short months later she would be laughing herself silly on the banks of the Yarra with friends and fellow collaborators, Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Rowena Hutson, Billy Smedley and Ben Steel, plus getting to work again with friend and Director of Photography for her earlier films, Yanni Dellaportas.  And if she had known, she would have thought of the idea a LOT sooner! Luckily we thought to bring a few cameras along on the day…

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