The 2013 Brisbane Shakespeare Festival kicks off this September with a weekend of free, all-ages events in the charming seaside suburb of Sandgate, known as the “Shakespeare by the Bay” weekend.
Now in its 7th year, the festival is now Australia’s largest Shakespearean festival, and is produced by Brisbane classical music radio station 4MBS Classic FM and supported by Brisbane City Council.
The highlight of the Shakespeare by the Bay weekend will be a free performance of Shakespeare’s comedy THE TAMING OF THE SHREW - a whimsical and witty tale about marriage which explores the theme of misogyny in Shakespeare’s time – with a politically-correct 21st century twist!
The play will be brought to life by a professional acting ensemble featuring Jess Loudon as Katherina (the ‘shrew’) and renowned Brisbane actor Peter Rasmussen as Petruchio (the ‘tamer’). It will be co-directed by talented Brisbane directors Catarina Hebbard and Cienda McNamara. THE TAMING OF THE SHREW will be performed 3pm on Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Einbunpin Lagoon Park, Sandgate. Audience members are invited to bring a picnic blanket or folding chair for seating in the park.
But that’s not the only event happening in Einbunpin Lagoon Park! Earlier that day at 1pm, there will be a merry music performance called ‘The Bard Meets The Brass’ by Major Laurie Young and his brass band! Then at 2.30pm there will be ‘Sword Play’, a demonstration of the skills involved in recreating the dramatic sword fights in Shakespeare’s plays, performed by authentic sword fighting troupe Prima Spada. This year for the first time, we’re also pleased to have members of the Society For Creative Anachronism roaming the park in C16th costumes and demonstrating the fine art of calligraphy and illumination.
Events on the Saturday include: Kids’ Classics at 11am in Sandgate Library, introducing children to the magic of Shakespeare with stories adapted for the littlies. At 12noon in Lagoon Coffee Lounge will be The Story of…The Taming of the Shrew, a poetic introduction to Shakespeare’s riotous comedy. Then at 1pm in Sakura Coffee and Tea House, professional actors will perform some of Shakespeare’s famous soliloquies and sonnets.
“Shakespeare by the Bay” is just part of the overall Brisbane Shakespeare Festival, which runs from 21st September to 6th October 2013 and also features events in Bulimba and West End.