The wild, wonderful world of Romeo and Juliet: Your 5-minute guide
25 May 2023
I first saw a Bell Shakespeare production in 2013, it was Henry IV and I loved the way it was staged. To see a history play and hear the words of Shakespeare spoken with characters in costumes and on a set that modern audiences could relate to was a fabulous experience. I was hooked after that!
After watching Henry IV I spent some time finding out more about the Company and was impressed with the education program Bell Shakespeare offered. As a former teacher I saw the value in being able to take Shakespeare into schools around Australia and present it in an interesting and fun way. The first donation I made was to the Actors at Work Appeal in 2014 and my involvement has grown from there. I joined the Artistic Directors Circle in 2017 and have enjoyed all the opportunities it has offered for me to learn more about Shakespeare’s work and what goes into developing a production for the stage. In joining the Legacy Circle I hope to enable Bell Shakespeare to continue doing what it does so well into the future.
As a former teacher I saw the value in being able to take Shakespeare into schools around Australia and present it in an interesting and fun way.
I have always been passionate about children having exposure to the arts regardless of where they live. The work that Bell Shakespeare does within schools throughout Australia and the support they give teachers through the Regional Teacher Mentorship program is so important. When I heard that this had led to a request being made for an Artist in Residence to work with a school in Nhulunbuy I knew just how important this was. I had previously visited Nhulunbuy and knew how remote it was and how much this would mean to the community, so I was delighted to be able to make it happen. The reports I received at the end of the residency proved just how fulfilling it had been for all. I am sure that the young people involved will always remember the week that Bell Shakespeare came to their school.
I have always been passionate about children having exposure to the arts regardless of where they live. The work that Bell does within schools throughout Australia and the support they give teachers through the Regional Teacher Mentorship program is so important.
It is hard to name just one highlight as there have been so many special moments both in the theatre and behind the scenes. Reading the reports from the Nhulunbuy residency is definitely up there along with watching company runs in the rehearsal room. They always give me goosebumps!
This is an easier question to answer! Romeo and Juliet in The Neilson Nutshell will be the highlight of 2023 for me. I know how much staging a full-length production in your home on the Wharf means to the Company and to see it finally happen will be a very special moment.
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