Much Ado About Nothing is the original romantic comedy. But like all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedy hovers dangerously close. Claudio’s appalling treatment of Hero, her supposed death, and subsequent ‘rebirth’ sit disruptively alongside the sparkling wit of Beatrice and Benedick, and the buffoonery of Dogberry and the Watch. Shakespeare was never constrained by the limitations of … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing | From Director James Evans
Walk us through the process of lighting design, from first concept to being in the theatre. It’s a mixture of processes ranging from technical to artistic. It’s in an intermediate zone of outright being an artist and being a skilled craftsperson. In many ways, my job is to be a mind reader, I have to … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing | Interview with Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
Bell Shakespeare Artistic Director Peter Evans and La Trobe Financial President & CEO Greg O’Neill OAM reflect on their shared mission to make a positive difference in the community. By Andy McLean It may not be obvious at first glance, but Bell Shakespeare and La Trobe Financial have a great deal in common. Bell Shakespeare … Continue reading Bell Shakespeare and La Trobe Financial share the spirit of ‘others before self’
What was your inspiration for the set and costume design of Much Ado About Nothing? The Director James and I were inspired by the design style of contemporary kitsch minimal homes, restaurants and foyers, to create a space that suggests a summer playground for the rich. We wanted it to be visually appealing and familiar … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing | Interview with Designer Pip Runciman
Speak low if you speak love Returning from battle with Claudio and Benedick, Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, visits Leonato, Governor of Messina. Claudio falls in love with Leonato’s only daughter, Hero, while Benedick swaps insults with Leonato’s quick-witted niece Beatrice. Don Pedro agrees to woo Hero on Claudio’s behalf at a masquerade ball. Don … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing synopsis
Applications for the 2019 John Bell Scholarship are now officially open! We can’t wait to witness some incredible talent over the coming months as we audition students throughout Australia for this once in a lifetime opportunity. However, we know that auditions can sometimes feel daunting. To make sure you’re as prepared as possible, we sat down with our Resident … Continue reading John Bell Scholarship Audition Tips & Tricks
Elizabeth Nabben plays Mariane in our current production of The Miser. We sat down with her to chat about her character and the play. 1. Molière, like Shakespeare, wrote his plays for ensembles. How has the cast approached becoming an ensemble during rehearsals? We do ensemble work in our daily warmups, and in our fight and … Continue reading The Miser | Interview with Elizabeth Nabben
1. Why did you apply for the John Bell Scholarship? I applied for the John Bell Scholarship because I have had a slight obsession with Shakespeare for the past 4 years. When I heard about the scholarship, where I would spend a week with such a prestigious acting company focusing on Shakespeare, it just sounded … Continue reading From the Road: Interview with John Bell Scholarship winner Oliver Crawford
What is a voice and text coach? A voice and text coach helps the actors keep their voice in shape for the demands of their job and the demands of the text. Our actors at Bell Shakespeare often go on long tours around the country and perform in lots of different spaces, and it’s my … Continue reading Meet Jess Chambers, Bell Shakespeare’s Voice and Text Coach
I first came across Justin Fleming’s adaptations of Molière's works in 2005 when I stumbled on a copy of Tartuffe that I ended up directing at Melbourne Theatre Company. Thus began my love affair with these fresh and energetic translations that so perfectly intertwined Molière's wit with an Australian sensibility. Nearly 15 years on and … Continue reading The Miser | From Director Peter Evans
Death is a frequent and imaginative visitor in Shakespeare’s plays, with characters dropping like flies. We asked an expert panel to name their favourite fatalities in Shakespeare, and today we reveal the most epic death of all.
Shakespeare had a penchant for killing off his characters. We asked an expert panel to name the ten most epic deaths from his plays. Today we reveal four of the deaths that made the, ahem, cut…
Nobody does a good death quite like Shakespeare. We asked an expert panel to pick the ten most epic deaths from the plays, starting today with numbers ten, nine, eight, seven and six.
How did you become involved in theatre? What drew you to this career? I received the first offer to join a theatre group when I was fifteen, when attending ‘Nima Poetry Nights’ in Kerman, Iran. I was the youngest member of both groups at that time, for both poetry and theatre. In less than two … Continue reading Julius Caesar | Interview with Assistant Director Nasim Khosravi
By Huw McKinnon As a Teaching Artist for Bell Shakespeare the most important – and happily the most fulfilling – part of my job is continuing the tradition that was built into the very foundations of the company by John Bell of making sure that we give students all over Australia access to the very best experiences … Continue reading My Life as a Teaching Artist
OUR COUNTDOWN OF THE GREATEST ROMANTIC COUPLES IN SHAKESPEARE CONCLUDES TODAY, AS WE REVEAL OUR NUMBER ONE. Compiled by Andy McLean HAVE YOUR SAY Which Shakespearean lovers set your pulse racing? Do you agree or disagree with our experts? Share your view on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. SHAKESPEARE AND HIS “LOVELY BOY” (Sonnets) Shakespeare’s writing … Continue reading TOP 10 GREATEST LOVERS IN SHAKESPEARE – NUMBER 1
OUR EXPERT PANEL HAS NOMINATED THE SHAKESPEARE COUPLES WHO SET THEIR PULSES RACING THE FASTEST. TODAY WE REVEAL SOME OF THE GREATEST LOVERS TO EVER GRACE THE STAGE. Compiled by Andy McLean JOIN THE DEBATE Which Shakespearean lovers have stolen your heart? Do you agree or disagree with our experts? Share your view on Twitter, … Continue reading TOP 10 GREATEST LOVERS IN SHAKESPEARE – NUMBERS 5, 4, 3, 2
WE ASKED AN EXPERT PANEL TO NAME THEIR FAVOURITE ROMANTIC DUOS IN SHAKESPEARE. TODAY WE BEGIN THE COUNTDOWN WITH NUMBERS TEN, NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN AND SIX.
By Alex Chalwell It’s 6:30am and there’s egg in my kettle. Not whole and perfectly boiled as my tour mate promised but cracked and leaking through the shell, globs of white rolling through the water, riding the bubbles. It’ll have to do – the hotel stove isn’t working. I empty it all out and scrub … Continue reading Even for an Eggshell – a day with The Players
For the last seven years, Bridget Samuel has spent half the year living out of her suitcase working as the Deputy Stage Manager on the Bell Shakespeare National Tour. Much Ado About Nothing is Bridget’s last tour with us for a while so we sat down to chat all things Stage Management, life on tour, … Continue reading Seven Years in Prompt Corner
ADOPT YOUR WORD TODAY Depending on who you believe, the English language owes a debt of gratitude to Shakespeare for the invention of anywhere between 400 and 2500 words and phrases that we still use today. It makes sense. Shakespeare was changing the way humans tell stories. Some people even believe he was changing what … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Word Play