Republic members Christopher Kirby, Sally McLean and Billy Smedley with fellow attendees Adelaide Harding and Richard Grounds Jnr. on the St Kilda Film Festival red carpet on May 18 (Photo by Jim Lee)

“… the play’s the thing …” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet (Act II, Sc 2)


Or So the Web Series Go(es): Women in Web Series Shout-Out #1 (Sally McLean) – December 2017
Article in Stareable (USA) about Shakespeare Republic and creator/director, Sally McLean as the first featured female content creator in this new series of articles about the web series world.

The Act Of Storytelling: Ch02.Podcast05 Sally McLean – November 2017
Nick and Lauren discuss ‘holding the line’, creating space and being present before turning their attention to a great conversation, and a lot of laughter, with actress, producer, writer, Shakespeare Republic creator and Melbourne WebFest General Manager, Sally McLean.

First Annual Baltimore New Media Web Fest is a smash – November 2017
Article about the inaugural Baltimore New Media Web Fest, with mention of Shakespeare Republic

The 4th Annual NYC Web Fest Nominations Have Been Revealed – October 2017
Article about the 2017 New York City Web Fest nominees, including Shakespeare Republic

SYN FM Interview – Sally McLean & Christopher Kirby – September 2017
Interview with Sally and Chris on ArtSmitten about Shakespeare, the Republic and working together in web series

3RRR FM Radio Interview – A Room With A View – September 2017
Interview with Republic creator, Sally McLean on A Room With A View about Shakespeare, independent filmmaking and webseries.

Australian Shakespeare web series wins top screen award in USA – September 2017
Article with interview with Sally McLean about Shakespeare Republic’s CINE Golden Eagle Award win in the USA

“Don’t Be Afraid Of It” — Sally McLean, Shakespeare Republic – August 2017
Interview with Sally McLean on podcast ShakenBake in the USA

Shakespeare Republic – August 2017
Article in the Melbourne Observer by Cheryl Threadgold about Shakespeare Republic’s recent win at the CINE Golden Eagle Awards in the USA (Page 39)

Festival accolade for Speaking Daggers – August 2017
Article about Speaking Daggers being officially selected and nominated at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Shakespeare Film Festival and receiving a Highly Commended nod from Festival Jury President, Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Los Blogos de Oro en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Fuengirola – August 2017
Another article from Spain about the official selections for the Fuengirola International Film Festival which highlights Shakespeare Republic’s inclusion in the Web Series category.

Diez webseries internacionales compiten en Fuengirola Web Fest – August 2017
Article from popular Spanish entertainment blog, ElrinconTV about the official selections for the 2017 Fuengirola International Film Festival, with emphasis on the Fuengirola WebFest element, featuring Shakespeare Republic.

Diez webseries internacionales competirán en el VI Festival de Cine de Fuengirola – August 2017
Article from La Tribuna about the official selections for the 2017 Fuengirola International Film Festival, again featuring Shakespeare Republic.

Diez webseries internacionales compiten en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Fuengirola – August 2017
Article from 20 Minutos (Spanish newspaper) about the official selection list for the Fuengirola International Film Festival’s Web Fest section, featuring Shakespeare Republic.

Sally McLean talks to DWF about Shakespeare Republic! – August 2017
Interview with Republic Creator/Director about what Shakespeare Republic has been up to since our official selection and nomination for Best Actress (Comedy) for Michala Banas for Season One at Dublin Web Fest.

From The Katering Show to Fighting Isis: eight of the best Australian web series – July 2017
The Guardian’s list of the Top 8 Australian web series worth the watch, with Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) at Number 3 (although TV & Film critic, Luke Buckmaster, who compiled the list did go to pains to point out that the series’ were listed in no particular order … 🙂 ).

Shakespeare Republic: breaking it down for Melbourne Web Fest – June 2017
Interview with Republic creator, Sally McLean for Scenestr Magazine about Shakespeare Republic and our official selection and Best Australian Drama nomination for Melbourne Web Fest

2017 Official Selection: Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (AUS) – June 2017
Interview with Republic creator, Sally McLean about the inspiration behind Shakespeare Republic, the challenges faced when making Season Two and thoughts on web series creation in general

Shakespeare Republic Series (Review) – June 2017
In-depth and very complimentary review of both Seasons of Shakespeare Republic from “Books By The Window” in the UK

Local talent shines at St Kilda Film Festival – May 2017
Round up of what’s on offer at St Kilda Film Festival this year, with a special mention for Shakespeare Republic as part of their “Australia’s Favourite Web Series” showcase (which has also been listed as Be Melbourne’s #1 session to attend!)

‘Speaking Daggers’, the new film by Shakespeare Republic – May 2017
Lovely review of our first film “Speaking Daggers” and article about the Shakespeare Republic web series from The Plus Ones

“Speaking Daggers” shows the best of Shakespeare – April 2017
Article about Shakespeare Republic‘s first film Speaking Daggers with short interview with creator/director, Sally McLean

Will social TV ever be a success? – February 2017
Interview with Tim Gibbon of Elemental Communications, Paul Telegdy of NBC Entertainment and Sally McLean in her role as Creator/Director of Shakespeare Republic about the success web series are having with disrupting traditional media outlets

BOOK, STAGE AND SCREEN – February 2017
In-depth interview with Director, Sally McLean and Executive Producer, Billy Smedley about Shakespeare Republic, Season Two

Lord Somers Camp hosts Shakespeare – January 2017
Article from Somers Nautilus Paper about Shakespeare Republic filming at Lord Somers Camp for Season Two

New Work from Shakespeare Republic – December 2016
Lovely concise review of Shakespeare Republic‘s work to date from

Shakespeare’s Republic – November 2016
Article in the Melbourne Observer about the Live Show Official Launch of Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) at the Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne

Get ‘on Bard’ with Shakespeare Republic – bringing Shakespeare to modern audiences in a brilliant way! – September 2016
Article about our crowdfunding campaign and announcements for Season Two

THE NEW CURRENT – August 2016
In-depth interview with Director, Sally McLean about Shakespeare Republic after the series’ Official Selection for the NightPiece International Film Festival at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland–shakespeare-republic

Interview with Director Sally McLean about Shakespeare Republic Season One and her obsession with Shakespeare.

In-depth interview with Director, Sally McLean, about Shakespeare Republic Season One and what the future holds for Shakespeare Republic in 2016.

KURIOSITAS.COM – October 25, 2015
A short review of Ben Steel’s episode of Shakespeare Republic by video review site in the UK.

NEIGHBOURS NEWS – TENPLAY – September 4, 2015
A short article and interview with photos from Neighbours about Alan Fletcher’s work in Shakespeare Republic. Thanks guys!

An article about Shakespeare being alive and well in Australia, with mentions of Bell Shakespeare and Shakespeare Republic, among others, from the blog of Sylvia Morris, former Librarian at the Shakespeare Centre Library in Stratford-upon-Avon (responsible for the RSC’s Archives), featured interviewee in the documentary Stealing Shakespeare and current member of the British Shakespeare Association, among many other fascinating Shakespeare-related things.

THE ACT OF STORYTELLING – September, 2015 
Lauren and Nick at The Act Of Storytelling gave us a lovely shout out and plug in September, for which we thank them very much!

(To hear the full podcast, go here).

SYN FM Interview – August 30, 2015
Have a listen to Artistic Director, Sally McLean, discuss the why, what and where of Shakespeare Republic on SYN FM (click on audio file below to stream)

(To hear the full podcast, go here).


We have been delighted and humbled by the fabulous feedback from different quarters about Season One and list some of those comments here for posterity and to acknowledge those who took the time to let us know how they felt about the work.

“… a sophisticated twenty-first century series with its own particularly Australian flavour.” – Sylvia Morris, The Shakespeare Blog, Stratford-upon-Avon (UK)

“Shakespeare Things To Do This Week #7 Watch Neighbours actor Alan Fletcher as Macbeth in this Shakespeare Republic video.” – Shakespeare Magazine (UK)

“This should be in EVERY classroom!” – KIN Collective (Australia)

“Loved it! Dynamic performance and thank you Shakespeare Republic for revitalising Shakespeare into contemporary society!” – Maree Shefford (Australia)

“This short, directed by Sally McLean, gives an old speech a thoroughly fresh and modern take.” – RJ Evams, (UK)

“By far one of the best interpretations of the sonnet I have seen in a long time.” – David Hovan, COO Brightlight Pictures (Canada)

“Brava, Sally McLean!!! Bravo, ShakesRepublic!!! These pieces made me remember why I enjoyed studying the Bard!!! Well done!” – Jeanne (USA)

“Not only real, but current and alive. Old W.S. would appreciate the social media use. Gr8 way to experience W.S. More of this please.” – Kurt Ovard (USA)

“Its a shame this wasn’t around when when i had to study shakespeare in school” – Dannie Plant

“I have to say the complete team of Shakespeare Republic made a great job. I learned to have a different look on Shakespeare in the last weeks!” – Berit (Germany)

“Brava!!! Wonderful job!!! I was one of those kids who actually liked studying Shakespeare. So nice to revisit him in such a clever way!!” – Jeanne K. (UK)

“Well played.  It was spoken truly, and trippingly on the tongue.  Thank you, that was fun!” – Sam Wills (Australia)

“Loving what’s going on with gender diversity in recent eps of Shakespeare Republic Check it out!” – Kathleen Neal (Australia)

“Another great episode! It is sad that this season ended. Fingers crossed for another one!” – The Michala Banas Fan Page (Germany)

“Thanks, again, for sharing your creativity!!! Looking forward to next season!!! From one of your loyal fans!!!” – ScienceGal66 (UK)