Were I Human: Lachlan

Dear Peter, does darkness or light inspire/drive you? Lachlan Dear Lachlan This is a fascinating question and I wonder if our fellow humans could consider it in their own lives. I particularly like the inspire/drive. They are synonyms but have different connotations. I could spend some time unpicking which productions and projects I have been…Continue reading

What’s So Special About Will?

September 2017, The Players performed The Wonderful World of Will at Canterbury Public School. Daniel (9) and Adam (6) interviewed Bell Shakespeare actors, and teachers and students from Canterbury Public School and with their father, and as part of a gift to Bell Shakespeare, created this video. For the Iliffe family, the decision to support…Continue reading

INSIDE THE DEVIL’S MIND

IAGO LEAVES A QUESTION MARK LOOMING OVER THE STAGE AT THE END OF OTHELLO. IN ONE FINAL ACT OF BELLIGERENCE, HE REFUSES TO EXPLAIN HIS REASONS FOR CAUSING ALL THE HEARTBREAK AND BLOODSHED – FORCING US TO ASK OURSELVES: WHY DID HE DO IT? BY ANDY MCLEAN It’s a question that has vexed theatre goers…Continue reading

A TO Z OF BELL SHAKESPEARE: PART II

JOHN BELL CONCLUDES OUR 25* FACTS ABOUT BELL SHAKESPEARE TO CELEBRATE OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY. HERE ARE LETTERS N TO Z. (*PLUS ONE FOR LUCK)  N is for National Bell Shakespeare is a truly NATIONAL theatre company. Every year the company tours live theatre to many corners of the nation that others never reach. “One of…Continue reading

A TO Z OF BELL SHAKESPEARE: PART I

JOHN BELL SHARES 25* FACTS ABOUT BELL SHAKESPEARE TO CELEBRATE OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY. TODAY WE START WITH A TO M. (*PLUS ONE FOR LUCK) A is for Actors Much has changed since Bell Shakespeare began two and a half decades ago yet, at heart, it remains a company of ACTORS with open minds and unlimited…Continue reading

METHOD IN THE MADNESS

LAUGHING, CRYING, FIGHTING, DYING – IT’S ALL IN A DAY’S WORK FOR JOSH McCONVILLE, WHO HAS BEEN PLAYING THE LEAD IN BELL SHAKESPEARE’S HAMLET SINCE JUNE. You’ve been rehearsing and performing the role of Hamlet for six months now. How would you describe the experience? Touring Hamlet nationally has been fantastic. Everyone in the cast…Continue reading

WHAT MAKES HAMLET SPECIAL?

ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING EXPERTS ON SHAKESPEARE, SIR JONATHAN BATE, TELLS US WHY HAMLET STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD.  Many people say Hamlet is the greatest play of all time. Why is it so revered? One of the things that Shakespeare seems to do more completely than any writer who went before him is…Continue reading

LEADERSHIP SPILL

AS HAMLET HEADS TOWARDS CANBERRA, DIRECTOR DAMIEN RYAN DISCUSSES THE POLITICAL TENSION THAT SIMMERS THROUGH THE PLAY. In your production, how are you exploring the political drama in Hamlet? This play is about more than just two families imploding, and Hamlet is more than just a whinging boy who can’t get over his mother’s sexuality….Continue reading

A TICKING TIME BOMB…

WE GET THE HOMETOWN LOWDOWN ON HAMLET FROM DR NICK WALTON AT STRATFORD-UPON-AVON’S SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST. How would you explain Hamlet to someone who is new to the play? If you enjoy a thriller and you want a sense of a ticking clock then Hamlet is a time bomb! You will recognise the structure of…Continue reading