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    Shakespeare Republic Season Three screening at SeriesFest – update from creator/director, Sally McLean

    It has been a wonderful week of virtually attending SeriesFest in the USA, where my digital series Shakespeare Republic is screening at the moment as an Official Selection. As much as the pandemic has wreaked havoc, there have been some silver linings in respect to opening up the ability to virtually attend these events for those of us based outside of the UK and US, who might not usually be able to take part. Despite the VERY early mornings (most workshops have been taking place at 3am Melbourne time), I have found myself leaping out of bed to get onto the video conferencing calls, anxious that I don’t miss any of the fascinating and…

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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 since November 2020, most recently winning three awards at the Unrestricted View Film Festival in the UK – Best Web Series (Special Mention), Best Actor in a Web Series (Mark McMinn) and Best Actress in a Web Series (Sally McLean). The season also received a Best Actor in a Web Series nomination for Frank Collison…

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    Shakespeare Republic featured in National Film & Sound Archive of Australia 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! Seasons One & Two of Shakespeare Republic were invited to be part of the official NFSA collection in 2018 and they have chosen to feature Michala Banas’ wonderful portrayal of “Phebe” (As You Like It) from Season One in this new showcase of web series from around Australia – available to view now on their…

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

    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! πŸ˜‰ The Republic team

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

    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 tuned! πŸ˜‰ The Republic team

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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 monologues and soliloquies. The new season has been officially selected for twelve international film festivals and webfests to date, including New York City Web Fest, Sydney Web Fest, Cinema Jove, Near Nazareth Film Festival and the Nightpiece International Film Festival. It has now won four awards to date, including Best International Series and Best Director…

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    The experiment continues … #Shakespeare Republic – the global edition

    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 a global pandemic while in lockdown. The pandemic that has the globe in it’s clutches right now has given us all a new sense of weird. When it first began, responses ranged from blithe dismissal to low-level anxiety. We distracted ourselves with baking (sourdough apparently a favourite), learning the limitations of Zoom, divesting supermarket shelves of toilet paper and reassuring ourselves that restrictions would only be…

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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 series Dark Arcadia. So, how does this work? We are now running a crowdfunding campaign throughout May via the ACF, with the aim to raise $3,500 in donations. If we are successful in reaching our target, the Australian Federal Government, via Creative Partnerships Australia will match that amount, dollar-for-dollar, in the form of a grant to go towards…

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    New special season of Shakespeare Republic has launched! #AllTheWebsAStage #TheLockdownEdition

    On the final day of this anniversary week for the Republic, which culminated with a Republic history-making first – our first livestream launch for the series (see video above) – Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, muses on the journey so far … When I first had the idea for Shakespeare Republic, many moons ago just after I finished working for the BBC in London in the late 1990’s, little did I know what it would grow to become – once I found the courage and means to make it a reality. Fast forward to five years ago, after a round of phone calls to a few of my favourite actors in…

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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 submit an abstract (essentially an academic pitch document) for consideration in early 2018, and her chapter was subsequently given the green light for inclusion. After several drafts (huge thanks to Dr Steinar Ellingsen for his expert guidance at the beginning of this process!) and a round of editing suggestions from Marina and Aidan, the final chapter…