ABOUT THE SHOW
Created by Australian actor, Sally McLean in 2015, Shakespeare Republic is an internationally award-winning, female-led and culturally diverse anthology online series produced by Incognita Enterprises that celebrates not just the world’s greatest playwright, but also his insightful understanding of the big issues of his time. Insights that still hold relevance today and form the basis for a truly diverse, inventive and epic journey into the nature of being human.
“… polished, beautifully made series from director/producer Sally McLean …
a fine use of the platform and, more importantly, a very fine adaptation of the Bard …
Shakespeare Republic is put together with grace and wit.
An assortment of actors do terrific work making the (non-dumbed down)
dialogue accessible, prying it open with great care and skill.”
– The Guardian (Australia)
The first live performance of Shakespeare’s works by the Republic ensemble took place in 2016 in the style of promenade theatre, to celebrate the launch of Season Two of the series, where the entire two levels of the Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne were turned into a Shakespeare wonderland for one night only.
The cast for this once-off show included: Michala Banas, Christopher Kirby, Sally McLean, Billy Smedley, Shane Savage, Phoebe Anne Taylor, Falon Ryan, Perri Cummings, Stephen Costan and Wahibe Moussa.
So, what did that performance entail?
SOME THEATRE, A LITTLE BIT OF MAGIC & LOTS OF SHAKESPEARE!
First thing on arrival, the audience recieved a map of the venue, showing them where to find each actor in performance. Then, the magic began. Following their maps, the audience wandered around the two levels of venue, inside and outside, to find each of our cast members performing monologues live. The cast were all in their own worlds, some invited the audience in, some just invited them to listen and watch, all performed Shakespeare.
The audience were encouraged to take their time, revisit their favourites, view each piece from different angles, take photos and videos and share via all social media platforms – there was plenty of time to soak up all the poetry and performance as each actor performed on a loop for the entire 90 minutes, giving the audience ample time to experience the Bard up close and personal as they moved from room to room.
Playing to a sold out house with over 200 individual photo and video shares on social media by the audience during the 90 minute program, we were thrilled with the success of this first live show and so grateful to all our fabulous audience for joining in the spirit of the work so wholeheartedly.
WILL YOU BE PERFORMING THIS SHOW AGAIN?
We are always open to the idea of remounting this show and are happy to hear from anyone who is interested in having us bring the show to their area. We are especially interested in regional cities with interesting venues that can be utilised in this style of performance. Check out our Video and Photo pages to see how the first show was staged and then reach out to us via our Contact page if you’d like to discuss us bringing the show to your area.
We promise to deliver the following:
Fun. So much fun.
Stuff that makes you think. A lot.
Stuff that makes you laugh. Hopefully also a lot.
Stuff that might make you a little sad.
Stuff that we hope will lift you up, inspire you and make you feel all the wonder and contrariness of being human.