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    Shakespeare Republic nominated for Best Ensemble Drama at the International Academy of Web Television Awards in USA!

    We are thrilled to share that Shakespeare Republic has been announced as an official nominee for the 2022 International Academy of Web Television Awards (IAWTV Awards) in the Best Ensemble Drama category! Congratulations to the 24-strong cast for the current season of the show, who are based in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, New York and Melbourne on this wonderful recognition of their work! This is the second time that the series has received a Best Ensemble Drama nomination at the IAWTV Awards – the last time was for our 13-strong Season Two cast in 2017. Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) (Season Three) was created, adapted, edited and directed by Incognita’s Sally…

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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 Season Three is announced as Most Awarded Anthology series in the world!

    We are SO THRILLED to share that Shakespeare Republic was announced overnight as the 6th most awarded web series of 2021 in the world, putting us in the Top 10 web series globally, and the Most Awarded Anthology series on the international stage, as ranked by the Web Series World Cup!!! We are also the #2 web series in Australia, which is amazing!! We are so grateful to all the festivals on the circuit who selected and awarded the show this year, who made this achievement possible. Huge thanks also to the Web Series World Cup, who tracked the 800+ series on the international circuit in 2021 to record these…

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    Festival selection and Industry Awards roundup #Shakespeare #webseries

    Despite currently being in lockdown in Melbourne, which has just been extended for another week (yes, folks, here we go again!), it has been an amazing few weeks for the Republic, with four Official Selections for film festivals around the world being added to our recent announcement of becoming an Official Selection for Apulia Web Fest – and an award nomination in the UK! Firstly, Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, was honoured and thrilled to be announced as a Best Director Finalist at the 2021 SceneSaver Birthday Honours Awards in the UK last weekend. Her four fellow nominees are all brilliant UK directing talent, many award-winning with professional credits in theatre,…

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    Sally McLean Named As Finalist In The Scenesaver Birthday Honours Awards In The UK!

    Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, was honoured and thrilled to be announced as a Best Director Finalist at the 2021 SceneSaver Birthday Honours Awards in the UK last weekend! Her four fellow nominees are all brilliant UK directing talent, many award-winning with professional credits in theatre, television and radio, including the BBC and Royal Shakespeare Company. The winner of the award was UK Director Nicholas Renton, whose previous directing credits include Silent Witness, Inspector George Gently, Inspector Lewis, The Musketeers, Agatha Christie’s Marple, Jericho and the BAFTA-nominated Wives and Daughters for UK television. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the Awards, including our favourite Zoom Shakespeare company, The Show Must Go Online for their 4…

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    Vote for Shakespeare Republic in the Scenesaver Birthday Honours!

    2020 brought about a lot of fantastic initiatives from the Arts world, born out of the difficulties presented by the global pandemic, and one of the leading lights is the global showcase platform for theatre, Scenesaver.co.uk. Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) has all 24 episodes listed on this fabulous resource of global theatre, which you can see for free here. Scenesaver is now heading towards it’s 1st Birthday and to celebrate, they’re giving out awards! Registered users of Scenesaver (it’s free!) can vote for their favourite productions in the following categories in the upcoming Scenesaver Birthday Honours Awards: Best Lead PerformanceBest Supporting PerformanceBest PlayBest MusicalBest DirectorBest Choreography / MovementMost…

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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: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) wins Best Film at the 2020 Falstaff Awards

    We are absolutely thrilled to share that our current season, Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles), has just been announced as the “Best Film” Award Winner at the 2020 Falstaff Awards presented by PlayShakespeare.com! We were hugely honoured to be only one of two productions nominated in this category alongside the ground-breaking The Show Must Go Online (UK), helmed by the amazing Robert Myles and produced by the fabulous Sarah Peachey (both of whom are also members of the Republic, appearing as lead ensemble in our current season). Honourable mentions for the Falstaff Awards Best Film category went to National Theatre Live at Home (UK), the Shakespeare’s Globe (UK), and the Stratford…

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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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    Shakespeare Republic Season Two finishes its festival run, plus … our next project looms for 2020 …

    Eva Torkkola with Sally McLean & Billy Smedley at the 2019 Sydney WebFest Awards Night It has been a busy, crazy year for the Republic team and we have sadly neglected this blog as a result, for which we apologise! That said, if you are a subscriber to our newsletter, you will have been getting regular updates and if you have been following our social media, you’ll be pretty much fully in the loop. But for those who aren’t doing those two things, then here’s a quick recap of the past six months to round out 2019 … MELBOURNE WEBFEST 2019 Above: Kate Whitbread, Mike Cowap, Ron Brown, Sally McLean and Clayton…