Additional Material: Behind The Scenes

Rowena Hutson during filming of her episode in Season One with Director of Photography, Yanni Dellaportas. Photo by Sally McLean

“Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?” – William Shakespeare, As You Like It


The game’s afoot!

FUN FACT: We’re not quoting from Sherlock Holmes there, we’re quoting Shakespeare – from Henry V, to be precise.

Welcome to the Behind The Scenes part of the site, where we give you access to the inner workings of Shakespeare Republic with clips, interviews and footage of the process in general, as we put together and prepare the Shakespeare Republic web series.

We’ve got lots to share, so grab a cuppa, sit down, relax and enjoy this peek behind the curtain …


SEASON THREE: THE FILMING … A PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES

The Backstage Diaries: Scenes from the world of Virtual Performance

“SWEET ARE THE USES OF ADVERSITY or HOW DO YOU DIRECT ACTORS WHEN YOU’RE NEVER IN THE SAME ROOM?”

A behind-the-scenes look at how we put together Season Three without any of us ever being in the same room!

SEASON TWO: THE FILMING … A PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES

Building The Republic (Behind The Scenes Doco) On Set Footage Preview

A taste of our behind the scenes footage from Season Two of Shakespeare Republic. Featuring Nadine Garner, Michala Banas, Dean Haglund, Alan Fletcher, Christopher Kirby and more. Long live the bard!

Individual Behind The Scenes Episodes:

“CROWNING YORK” OR “MARGARET WINS THE DAY” – BEHIND THE SCENES OF EPISODE ONE, SEASON TWO WITH STEPHEN COSTAN

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“THE NATURE GODDESS” OR “EVERY EDMUND HAS THEIR DAY” – BEHIND THE SCENES OF EPISODE TWO, SEASON TWO WITH FALON RYAN

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“SHAKESPEARE IN THE BOARDROOM” OR “THOMAS MORE FOR PM” – BEHIND THE SCENES OF EPISODE THREE, SEASON TWO WITH CHRISTOPHER KIRBY

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“THE MAN IN THE MIRROR” OR “VIOLA AS A HIPSTER” – BEHIND THE SCENES OF EPISODE FOUR, SEASON TWO WITH NADINE GARNER

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“THE POLITICS OF POWER” OR “A GIRL’S GOT TO DO, WHAT A GIRL’S GOT TO DO” – BEHIND THE SCENES OF EPISODE FIVE, SEASON TWO WITH WAHIBE MOUSSA

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“ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH” OR “SHAKESPEARE BATTLES: 21ST CENTURY STYLE” – BEHIND THE SCENES OF EPISODE SIX, SEASON TWO WITH BILLY SMEDLEY

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“HAMLET, A DRONE AND A DOG” OR “THANK YOU TO OUR BACKERS FOR MAKING THIS EP POSSIBLE!” – BEHIND THE SCENES OF EPISODE SEVEN, SEASON TWO WITH MICHALA BANAS

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“ALAN FLETCHER AS A SILVER FOX” OR “IS JAQUES AS SMART AS HE THINKS HE IS?” – BEHIND THE SCENES OF EPISODE EIGHT, SEASON TWO WITH ALAN FLETCHER

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SEASON TWO: SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC OFFICIAL LAUNCH & LIVE SHOW
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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SEASON ONE: THE FILMING … A SNEAK PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER’S DAY? THE MAKING OF SALLY McLEAN AS BILLIE (SONNET 18)

Choreographed production conversations, the joys of filming outdoors in 25 kph winds and the bittersweet feeling knowing this is the last Shakespeare Republic episode for the moment – all this and more in this behind the scenes look at what goes on off camera and off script.

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WHO EVER LOV’D THAT LOV’D NOT AT FIRST SIGHT? THE MAKING OF MICHALA BANAS AS PHEBE

The danger of letting your Director of Photography get in front of the camera, the fondness Michala seemed to have found for the “bird” and the general silliness a night shoot can bring out in an over-tired cast and crew – all this and more in this behind the scenes look at what goes on off camera and off script.

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BUT SOFT! WHAT LIGHT THROUGH YONDER WINDOW BREAKS? THE MAKING OF BEN STEEL AS “JULIET”

The joys of working with animals (even if you’re not supposed to be) and the fun of filming in another bathroom – all this and more in this fun look at what goes on off camera and off script.

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BE BLOODY, BOLD AND RESOLUTE: THE MAKING OF ALAN FLETCHER AS “MACBETH”

Crew quoting Shakespeare, our Director officially being named “Chief Govt. Whip” and Alan giving Will Shakespeare some heartfelt advice – all this and more in this tongue-in-cheek look at what goes on off camera and off script.

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THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS, YET THERE IS METHOD IN’T: THE MAKING OF ROWENA HUTSON AS “HAMLET”

Bubble bath wrangling, crew relating to Shakespeare and the challenge of electrical equipment verses water – all this and more in this fun look at what goes on off camera and off script.

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SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK: THE MAKING OF BILLY SMEDLEY AS “HAMLET”

The multitasking crew, malfunctioning props and some rather appropriate graffiti – all this and more in this behind the scenes look at what goes on off camera and off script.

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HOW TO CLEAR A SET IN 15 MINS – OR, THAT’S A WRAP FOR EPISODE 3!

Today we bring you a fun short clip from our most recent shoot at The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne, featuring Director, Sally McLean, Director of Photography, James Dene, Sound Recordist, Tim McCormick and Ensemble member, Billy Smedley.
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SEASON ONE OFFICIAL LAUNCH VIDEO TEASER

A sneak peek at our official Launch Event featuring all the cast, crew and our fabulous guests.

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SEASON ONE OFFICIAL LAUNCH VIDEO

Hosted by Shane Savage (“Chris & Josh The Webseries”), we speak to the cast at our official launch. So how do they feel now they’ve shot their episodes? Would they go nude for Shakespeare? All this and more is revealed in this full video from our Season One Launch Event!

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SEASON ONE: MUSING ON THE BARD – THE BEGINNING

BEHIND THE SCENES: SEASON ONE – WHAT IS SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC?

Meet the cast of Shakespeare Republic and find out what this is all about …

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MUSING ON THE BARD: SEASON ONE – 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.

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MUSING ON THE BARD: SEASON ONE – 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.

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MUSING ON THE BARD: SEASON ONE – BEN STEEL ON SHAKESPEARE

We asked Shakespeare Republic ensemble member, Ben Steel to share with us what he feels is the greatest challenge with Shakespeare and any other thoughts he’d like to share.

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MUSING ON THE BARD: SEASON ONE – ALAN FLETCHER ON SHAKESPEARE

We asked Shakespeare Republic ensemble member, Alan Fletcher to share with us what he feels is the greatest challenge with Shakespeare and any other thoughts he’d like to share.

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MUSING ON THE BARD: SEASON ONE – ROWENA HUTSON ON SHAKESPEARE

We asked Shakespeare Republic ensemble member, Rowena Hutson to share with us what she feels is the greatest challenge with Shakespeare and any other thoughts she’d like to share.

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MUSING ON THE BARD: SEASON ONE – MICHALA BANAS ON SHAKESPEARE

We asked Shakespeare Republic ensemble member, Michala Banas to share with us what she feels is the greatest challenge with Shakespeare and any other thoughts she’d like to share.

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MUSING ON THE BARD: SEASON ONE – BILLY SMEDLEY ON SHAKESPEARE

We asked Shakespeare Republic ensemble member, Billy Smedley to share with us what he feels is the greatest challenge with Shakespeare and any other thoughts he’d like to share.

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MUSING ON THE BARD: SEASON ONE – SALLY McLEAN ON SHAKESPEARE

We asked Shakespeare Republic Artistic Director and ensemble member, Sally McLean to share with us what she feels is the greatest challenge with Shakespeare and any other thoughts she’d like to share.

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All videos are also available on our Youtube Channel here.