Category Archives: performance

Shakespeare: The Sonnets Out Loud

Shakespeare: The Sonnets Out Loud
A Street Contemporary Drama Presentation

Date: 30 April, 2016
Time: 7:00pm (Duration 225 minutes, including interval)
Venue: The Street Theatre, Canberra ACT
Cost: Full: $35; Concession: $30; Group 4+: $25
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A rare opportunity to enjoy a complete reading of every one of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Are you a diehard Sonnet 18 or Sonnet 130 populist, or do you prefer the “procreation” sonnets, perhaps the “avoidance” sonnets, the dark lady sequence, or the ‘Will’ poems?

Shakespeare took the sonnet and transformed it into a fluent and flexible form that could turn itself to any subject. The Sonnets have invited imitation, homage, critique, parody and pastiche over the last four hundred years and continue to be infinitely quotable popping up everywhere – in film, song, stories, and life!

So put up your sonnet radar, and get ready to seize the day. Enjoy these famous works and words read by renowned Shakespearean actor William Zappa and outstanding vocalist actor Tobias Cole, with live accompaniment, in an absorbing evening directed by Dianna Nixon.

So which 14 lines would you choose?

The Oriana Chorale: How Sweet The Music…

How Sweet The Music…
The Oriana Chorale

Date: Saturday 17 April, 2016
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: University House, ANU, 1 Balmain Cres. Acton, ACT
Tickets: Adult – $30; Concession – $20; Student – $15. Book at:

Oriana marks this anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a kaleidoscope of Shakespearian songs and readings.

From the Romantic age to the present day, composers have taken Shakespeare’s immortal words and created choral settings full of beauty, style and wit.

This wide-ranging concert includes music by Brahms, Berlioz and Vaughan Williams, plus modern settings by Paul Mealor (composer for Prince William’s wedding), the great British jazz musician George Shearing, and the extraordinary Finnish choral composer Jaarko Mäntyjärvi.

The Oriana Chorale is again directed by one of Canberra’s top musicians, conductor and keyboard virtuoso Peter Young.

Singers and audiences alike will also be delighted that popular and outstanding musicians Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks will be associate artists at this interesting and enjoyable tour of just a few selected passages by the Bard — and some great songs they have inspired

State Library of NSW: Shakespeare 400 Events

The Library is joining the international celebrations to commemorate the life and work of William Shakespeare, marking the 400th anniversary of his death on the 23 April.

As the home of Shakespeare in Australia, the Library will stage a major program to highlight the Bard’s unrivalled cultural significance and how his work continues to inspire today.

Acclaimed Australian singer/storyteller Paul Kelly will headline Shakespeare 400 with the launch of his new Shakespeare-inspired album, Seven Sonnets & A Song, in the Mitchell Library Reading Room on 23 April.

Other highlights include: silent film festival, trivia night, sonnet slam and a free fan day featuring roving performers from Bell Shakespeare, a fairy grotto, drawing workshops with award-winning children’s author Leigh Hobbs, and much more.

View Australia’s only complete set of Shakespeare’s four folios in the AMAZE Gallery throughout April, along with other extraordinary Shakespeariana from the Library’s rich collections.

Visit the stunning Shakespeare Room – arguably one of the most unusual places in Australia – from 18 to 23 April, 10am to 4pm.

For more information, and details as they are announced, please visit:

Sydney Writers Festival, Best of the Fest: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Best of the Fest: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Date: Monday, May 16 2016
Time: 10:00AM-10:45AM
Venue: Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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From The Lion King to The Beatles, William Shakespeare influences popular culture. Peter Evans, Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare, interviews singer-songwriter Paul Kelly about why Shakespeare continues to inspire. Followed by Paul performing his favourite sonnets.

Presented in partnership with Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW.

Celebrating William Byrd (1539/40–1623): A Concert

Celebrating William Byrd (1539/40–1623)
A Concert by Polifemy & Walking the Dog

Date: 20 March, 2016
Time: 3:00pm
Venue: Wesley Uniting Church, 1 National Circuit, FORREST, ACT
Cost: $15
Contact: Enquiries: 0406 377 762

The concert will explore the many facets of Byrd’s musical and religious life, featuring his Missa 3 Vocum (Mass for three voices), anthems, Psalms from the Anglican service, and fantasias and instrumental songs of a more secular nature.


  • Missa 3 Vocum (1594)
  • Fantasias for Recorders
  • Songs from Psalmes, Songs and Sonnet (1611)
  • and more…

Silent Shakespeare: Free Hamlet Screening in Adelaide

Silent Shakespeare: Free Hamlet Screening

Date: Monday 21 March, 2016
Time: 7-10pm (Doors at 6pm)
Venue: Capri Cinema, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood, SA 5034
Registration: Entry is free:
Enquiries: Mrs Kerry Ludwig, Flinders University, (08) 8201 2637,
Ms Jacquie Bennett, The University of Adelaide, (08) 8313 2421,

Flinders University School of Humanities and Creative Arts and Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities, in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800), presents a free event of film, music and discussion to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Gala screening of a famous silent Hamlet, starring Asta Nielsen, (dir. Svend Gade and Heinz Schall, Germany, 1920) with an improvised live score by Ashley Hribar (piano), Julian Ferraretto (violin) and Rachel Johnston (cello).

Introduced by Professor Judith Buchanan. Judith is Professor of Film and Literature and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York, UK, and Director of Silents Now.

Australian born Ashley Hribar is solo artist, improviser and composer.

Australian born jazz violinist Julian Ferraretto moved to London in 2002 and has since become known for his virtuosic and melodically charged improvisational style.

Originally from New Zealand, Rachel Johnston played for seven years as a member of the Australian String Quartet and has become one of Australia’s best known cellists.

The Tragical History of Margaret of Anjou: A Dramatised Reading @ The University of Western Australia

The Tragical History of Margaret of Anjou: A Dramatised Reading

Date: Thursday 18 February, 2016
Time: 1–2pm
Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, The University of Western Australia
Contact: Bob White (

Free and open to the public. No ticket required

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, performance historian Liz Schafer and dramaturg Philippa Kelly will oversee the Australian premiere performance of Margaret of Anjou by William Shakespeare.

After lying undiscovered for over four centuries, Shakespeare’s most feminist play, Margaret of Anjou, will receive a public, dramatised reading at UWA’s Callaway Music Auditorium. As Margaret matures from feisty princess to scheming queen, from cold-blooded killer to grief-stricken mother, from shameless adulteress to cursing crone, the hapless men who surround her are unable to withstand the fury of her ‘tiger’s heart, wrapped in a woman’s hide’.

Historian Susan Broomhall will speak briefly about the historical figure of Margaret, and the performance will be followed by audience discussion.

This is a reading of the ‘bad’ (short) quarto of Margaret of Anjou.

Pop-up Globe – Opening February 2016 in Auckland

Pop-up Globe, a full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe Theatre, will be appearing in Auckland in February 2016:

” In 2016, the world marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. To mark this important anniversary we’re building Pop-up Globe, a full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe Theatre, and filling it with a season of some of his best known plays. Pop-up Globe will literally ‘pop up’ in a central Auckland location, be amazing, then disappear.”

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Perth International Arts Festival 2016 Presents: Chamber Music Weekend

Perth International Arts Festival presents: Chamber Music Weekend

Celebrate some of the finest music written for intimate performance.

Date: Friday 26 February – Sunday 28 February 2016
Venue: Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia
Tickets: $18–$203

Over three days we bring you 18 events performed on a purpose-built stage inside the beautiful acoustic of Winthrop Hall and in the gardens outside.

Sample the full breadth of style and expression, from Mozart to Messiaen, Bach to Bartok, Liszt to Ligeti and indulge your every chamber music whim in a program performed by the finest soloists and ensembles from Australia and abroad.

Highlights of this special weekend include a free complete performance of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello by acclaimed soloist Michael Goldschlager and a marathon performance of Satie’s mythical Vexations going through the night from Saturday evening. You’re also invited to a masterclass on keyboard music, as well as the ‘Haydn Lottery’ where you, the audience, select a work for Tinalley String Quartet to rehearse and prepare for the very first time. Sunday is set aside for Schubertiade, with six performances dedicated to the works of one of the great romantics.

Join us for a single concert or settle in for the day and bring a picnic or take advantage of the food and wine available while you hang out under the trees or snooze on the grass between concerts. Weekend passes are also available to ensure you get your fill of this musical feast.

All sessions are general admission.

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Symposium and Performance @ UWA – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Performance: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Date: 16–18 February 2016
Time: 7–9pm
Venue: New Fortune Theatre, The University of Western Australia.
Bookings: $25 Standard, $15 Concession, Child or Student:

With 2016 commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this new production by Melbourne’s Nothing But Roaring of Shakespeare’s funniest play of love and lies, fidelity and forgiveness, will transform the New Fortune Theatre into a chamber of laughter. The play features the corrupt and cowardly knight, Sir John Falstaff, who accompanied Prince Hal in Henry IV. In Falstaff’s latest escapades, he attempts to woo two wealthy married women. Rather than turn down the buffooning Falstaff, the ladies conspire to have a laugh (and a little vengance) at his expense.

Symposium: ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’
Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016
Time: 10am–5pm
Venue: Philippa Maddern Seminar Room (Arts 1.33) and the New Fortune Theatre, The University of Western Australia.
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This symposium runs in conjunction with the performances of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor on the New Fortune Theatre, 16–18 February 2016. It brings together international experts on the play and on theatre history. The emphasis will be on these presentations and discussion, so other papers are not invited.

This is a free event but numbers will be limited so please register well in advance with Pam Bond (