• Behind The Scenes,  Video

    “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” … the making of Episode Two – Rowena Hutson as Hamlet

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Rowena Hutson’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. The challenges of working with water and electrical equipment, the intricacies of bubble bath wrangling and our Director of Photography’s realisation that Shakespeare is still being quoted, albeit unconsciously – all this and more in this behind the scenes look at what goes on off camera and off script.  Special shout out to the newest member of the team, Charlie Johnston, for his brilliant behind-the-scenes filming work and Samantha Barrett Brown for allowing us to take over her bathroom AND taking…

  • Episodes,  Video

    EPISODE: Shakespeare Republic S1 Ep2 – Rowena Hutson as Hamlet

    And so, Episode 2 has arrived, featuring 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 a 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 …” Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Sally McLean 1st AD: Billy Smedley Director of Photography: Yanni Dellaportas Lighting Director/Sound: Dan Evans Sound Design: Tim McCormick Editor: Sally McLean Producers: Sally McLean, Perri Cummings & Billy Smedley Behind…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    “Be bloody, bold and resolute” … the making of Episode One – Alan Fletcher as Macbeth

    Join us in this video for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Alan Fletcher’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. 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. Director of Photography: Ben Steel Featuring: Alan Fletcher, Sally McLean, Dan Evans, Tim McCormick, James Dene, Billy Smedley, Chris Farrell Edited by: Sally McLean Music by: Silent Partner Produced by Sally McLean, Perri Cummings & Billy Smedley Don’t forget to tune…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Team,  Video

    Do you have a favourite Shakespeare play? Would you play Shakespeare nude? Hear from our cast on this and more during the Shakespeare Republic Season One Launch!

    Welcome to a big week for Shakespeare Republic!  This week we finally begin screening the series after many months of planning and hard work from all the cast and crew and we couldn’t be more excited! Further to our post about our fabulous launch event held last week at the lovely Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne, we can also finally release the full video filmed by the talented Paul Anthony Nelson of Cinema Viscera and hosted by Special Guest, Shane Savage from, among other things, Australian Web TV phenomenon, Chris & Josh The Webseries where he plays “Chris” as well as co-writing and co-producing (really, it’s so exciting to see how well…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic Season One Launch – new video released!

    We are so excited to share the above video with all of you, which gives you a bit of a preview of the other content we have coming up from the night, including interviews with all the cast! But before we get ahead of ourselves, for those who may have missed it, we launched Season One of Shakespeare Republic on Tuesday night this week at the fabulous Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne to a packed house – and we had a ball (as you can likely tell from the above vid). We were especially grateful to have the wonderful Shane Savage step in to do the vox pop/doorstop interviews with…

  • Project Updates,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic Season One Official Trailer is here!

    It’s here! After a fabulous launch event last night (more on that later!) finally we can reveal the official teaser for Shakespeare Republic Season One to everyone, featuring Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Rowena Hutson, Sally McLean, Billy Smedley and Ben Steel. First episode airs next Wednesday at 11am here and on our Official YouTube Channel, but enjoy this sneak peek of the whole season to tide you over until then … 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…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Behind The Scenes: How To Clear A Set In 15 Mins, or That’s A Wrap For Ep 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 – showing how team work can clear a set in 15 minutes – shown in under 1 minute, due to the wonder of time lapse photography. Enjoy! Camera: Sally McLean Music: Kevin MacLeod Featuring: Billy Smedley, Sally McLean, James Dene & Tim McCormick With thanks to: The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne (http://www.courthouseonerrol.com.au)

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Musing On The Bard: Sally McLean On Shakespeare

    As part of our Musing On The Bard series, we sat down with each of our ensemble members to find out what their thoughts are on Shakespeare, the challenges they face when working with Shakespeare text and any other thoughts they might like to share with you and us as they embark on this journey into our new Republic. Our final video in the series focuses on Shakespeare Republic founder and Director, Sally McLean, who shares her feelings on approaching Shakespeare as someone who deals with dyslexia, the challenges of finding the meaning in the text and her thoughts on how Shakespeare should be first experienced.  Interviewed by fellow Republic ensemble member, Michala Banas,…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Musing On The Bard: Billy Smedley On Shakespeare

    As part of our Musing On The Bard series, we sat down with each of our ensemble members to find out what their thoughts are on Shakespeare, the challenges they face when working with Shakespeare text and any other thoughts they might like to share with you and us as they embark on this journey into our new Republic. Our next video in the series focuses on Republic member, Billy Smedley, who shares his feelings on the staging of Shakespeare’s works in the 21st Century, what the challenges are, and the love he has for Shakespeare’s works in general. WARNING: Billy shares all this in his usual direct manner, and while we have…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    VIDEO: Musing On The Bard: Michala Banas On Shakespeare

    As part of our Musing On The Bard series, we sat down with each of our ensemble members to find out what their thoughts are on Shakespeare, the challenges they face when working with Shakespeare text and any other thoughts they might like to share with you and us as they embark on this journey into our new Republic. Our next video in the series focuses on Republic member, Michala Banas, who shares her feelings on playing Shakespeare 400 years after he lived, the language and how she feels about taking on the Bard for the first time in her career.  Michala’s sense of humour is evident in this piece, as well…