Shakespeare Republic is coming to you live on stage in 2016!
In 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the award-winning web series, Shakespeare Republic is stepping off the screen and onto the live stage to launch our inaugural theatre performance of the work, titled: Shakespeare Republic: Love The Bard, as well as bringing you Season Two of the webseries!
Featuring our original cast: Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan), Alan Fletcher (Neighbours), Rowena Hutson (“Most Outstanding Comedy Show”, Melbourne Fringe Festival), Sally McLean (Utopia), Billy Smedley (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and Ben Steel (Winners & Losers), with new cast members Shane Savage (Chris & Josh), Dean Haglund (The X-Files), Christopher Kirby (Iron Sky) and Wahibe Moussa (Kick!) and focusing on our usual brief of bringing Shakespeare in innovative ways to a modern Aussie audience, we are excited to bring you Shakespeare as he intended – in front of a live crowd.
But to achieve all that we've planned for this year, we need your help. We're currently crowdfunding via the Australia Cultural Fund, accepting fully tax deductible donations from the general public to enable us to get the Shakespeare Republic show on the road this big Shakespeare anniversary year!
WE'RE AN OFFICIALLY APPROVED #MATCH PROJECT!
We are delighted to announce that we have been accepted into the highly competitive Creative Partnerships Australia's MATCH funding program! Every dollar you donate* to this project will therefore be matched by the Australian Federal Government via Creative Partnerships Australia, as long as we reach our target of $3,000 by May 20th, 2016!
*All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and you can use a credit card or PayPal to donate online.
“Shakespeare Things To Do This Week – Watch Neighbours actor Alan Fletcher as Macbeth in Shakespeare Republic.”
– Shakespeare Magazine (UK)
MEET THE TEAM
Click on the names below to find out more about the team behind Shakespeare Republic
“Not only real, but current and alive. Gr8 way to experience W.S. More of this please.”
– Kurt Ovard (USA)
ABOUT OUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
What it means to be selected for Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program
MATCH provides dollar-for-dollar matched funding from the Ministry for the Arts (Federal Government of Australia) for crowdfunding campaigns by independent artists and groups. Managed and supported by Creative Partnerships Australia, independent artists are offered the chance to apply for the competitive MATCH funding program each year and must meet a strict criteria to be granted MATCH status, which includes a proven track record in arts project delivery. Of the hundreds of projects that applied in 2016 - only 43 artists were approved for the MATCH program - including Shakespeare Republic.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
What this means is that thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you give to this campaign via the Australia Cultural Fund (who are facilitating our donations) will be matched dollar for dollar, provided we reach our campaign target of $3,000.
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?
Apart from a warm fuzzy feeling in knowing you're supporting the Arts and independent Australian artists, every donation you make of $2 or more is tax deductible! You'll also get a public thank you on our official Honour Roll, here on the site once the campaign has concluded and know you're doing your bit to help us keep the spirit of the Bard and his words alive.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED? DONATE NOW!
“… a sophisticated twenty-first century series with its own particularly Australian flavour.”
– The Shakespeare Blog, Stratford-upon-Avon (UK)
THE HOWS AND WHYS
What we're up to in 2016 and why we need your help
"... a thoroughly fresh and modern take."
– Kuriositas.com (UK)
HOW DID THIS ALL BEGIN?
How this started and what we've achieved so far as a team
Originating in 2015 as a self-funded web series, Shakespeare Republic has screened at numerous international film festivals, as well as gaining support within the industry and has been featured in numerous Shakespeare-related press, predominately in the UK. We were delighted to win the Silver Gaddy Award for Best Mobisode or Web Short at the Peak City International Film Festival, Best Web Series for March 2016 at the 12 Month Film Festival, Best Web/New Media at the Los Angeles CineFest (March) and Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematographer and Best Actor at the Indiepossible International Film Festival, as well as being nominated for several other awards at festivals such as The Melbourne Queer Film Festival, International Online Web Fest, Garden City International Film Festival and Roma CinemaDOC, among others.
SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC: SEASON ONE (THE WEBSERIES) FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS TO DATE:
"This should be in EVERY classroom!"
– KIN Collective (Australia)
We are so very excited to bring the work to audiences in this way and thank you for your support!
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Shakespeare Republic ... all the world's a stage ... www.shakespearerepublic.com
Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar
for dollar by the Australian Federal Government Ministry for the Arts, provided we reach our campaign target of $3,000.
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