AUGUST 19, 2015 - OFFICIAL SEASON ONE TRAILER
Shakespeare Republic … all the world’s a stage …
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Sally McLean
Produced by: Sally McLean, Perri Cummings & Billy Smedley
Directors of Photography: James Dene, Yanni Dellaportas & Shaun Herbertson
Lighting Director: Dan Evans
Sound: Tim McCormick
Filmed on location in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC: S1 EP1 - ALAN FLETCHER AS MACBETH
"If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly ..."
Come on a journey into the darker recesses of human ambition as we meet a modern day, but equally murderous Macbeth played by Alan Fletcher ("Dr Karl Kennedy" from "Neighbours") as he wrestles with his conscience in a dilemma all too familiar to the Australian public.
"I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, only vaulting ambition ..."
SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC: S1 EP2 - ROWENA HUTSON AS HAMLET
“To be, or not to be. That is the question …”
An intimate portrait of a human being on the edge as we meet Hamlet played by Rowena Hutson (Sir John Gielgud Charitable Trust Bursary for Promising Young Actors recipient) who reflects back to us an all-too-human response to a modern, overwhelmed life and it’s consequences.
“… To die, to sleep. To sleep, perchance to dream …”
SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC: S1 EP3 - BILLY SMEDLEY AS HAMLET
“Speak the speech, I pray you ...”
An imagined meeting behind the scenes at the highest level as we meet Hamlet played by Billy Smedley (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries) giving us a taste of what it must be like to be a political media adviser in the current climate.
“… to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.”
SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC: S1 EP4 - BEN STEEL AS JULIET
"O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou, Romeo?"
On the day traditionally celebrated in Verona as the birthday of one of their fair citizens who is thought to have inspired Shakespeare's Juliet (from a novella by Luigi da Porto, Historia novellamente ritrovata di due nobili amanti ("Newly found story of two noble lovers"), written in 1530), meet our “Jules” played by Ben Steel (Home & Away, Winners & Losers) who gives us an insight into modern romance in a digital age.
“Deny thy father and refuse thy name.”
SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC S1 EP 5 - MICHALA BANAS AS PHEBE
“Think not I love him though I ask for him …”
Meet Phebe, played by Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan, Nowhere Boys), as she gives us an uncomfortable insight into unrequited romantic obsession and the dangers of having access to modern communication devices when one too many alcoholic drinks have been imbibed.
“I will write to him a very taunting letter …”
SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC: S1 EP6 - SALLY MCLEAN AS BILLIE (SONNET 18)
“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?”
And so, all good things must come to an end. In our final episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic, meet Billie, played by Sally McLean ('Utopia'), as she shares with us arguably Shakespeare's most famous sonnet in a truly Australian setting ... with a bittersweet twist.
“But thy eternal summer shall not fade …”