• Behind The Scenes,  Celebrating The Bard

    CELEBRATING THE BARD: Ben Steel on playing Juliet

    We have mused on The Bard and now that Season One is airing, we are Celebrating The Bard!  This is a series where we asked each of our ensemble members to write down some background on why they wanted to do the piece they did, how they feel it relates to modern life, what challenges and/or choices they faced and why and any other information that would be of interest to you, the audience.  Director, Sally McLean, also shares some thoughts on the process from her perspective to give views from both sides of the camera.  Each “Celebrating The Bard” piece will be published the Friday after the ensemble member’s episode has aired.…

  • Episodes,  Video

    EPISODE: Shakespeare Republic S1 Ep4 – Ben Steel as Juliet (Jules)

    Episode 4 has landed, after a rather turbulent start to the week in Australian politics. We’re claiming we called it with Alan Fletcher’s episode in our first week, followed by Billy Smedley’s episode last week and thank Malcolm Turnbull and others in Canberra for watching!  (It’s the only way we can explain the uncanny timing of it all).  This week we move onto a new topic, featuring Ben Steel as “Jules” (Juliet) … “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” On the day traditionally celebrated in Verona as the birthday of one of their fair citizens who is thought to have inspired Shakespeare’s Juliet (from a novella by Luigi da Porto, Historia novellamente ritrovata di due nobili amanti (“Newly found story of two noble…