HSC Shakespeare Seminars with USYD

Interactive lectures with built-in performance

HSC Shakespeare Seminars in partnership with the University of Sydney.

Part performance, part interactive seminar, these sessions are designed to directly link to HSC modules and give students the edge in upcoming exams. Designed to provide two unique perspectives in conversation – academic and dramatic – Bell Shakespeare’s HSC Seminars offer students rich content, supported by live performance.

For those who missed attending in person, we are delighted to offer recordings of their chosen seminar. Each seminar features Bell Shakespeare’s Resident Artist in Education, Huw McKinnon, and a leading academic from the University of Sydney presenting illuminating and engaging content on each play. The Players from Bell Shakespeare perform key scenes and soliloquies to demonstrate ideas presented and key content from each play.

Combining live performance, academic analysis and illuminating dramatic insights into the plays, sessions are presented in a dynamic format demonstrating the interplay between text and drama.

Digital access

Recordings will be made available approximately two weeks after the live event, and accessible for one term's duration, including school holidays. Simply select whether you'd like to access the recording in Term 2 or Term 3. Booking schools will be sent a password-protected Vimeo link to access the recording. See below for seminar details.

Term 2 access: Open 23 May - 17 July 2022
Term 3 access: Open 18 July - 9 October 2022

Please note, HSC Shakespeare Seminars may not be recorded or downloaded, or shared beyond the booking school.

How much?

$10 + GST per student.
$7.50 + GST per student for schools with an ICSEA value of 1000 or less. You can check your school's ICSEA via MySchool.
Fee capped at $500 + GST per seminar for schools with 50 students or more, requiring access

Book

The Merchant of Venice

Professor Liam Semler with Huw McKinnon & The Players

Join Huw McKinnon and Professor Liam Semler as they dissect and discuss The Merchant of Venice as part of the Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences. The Players will perform key scenes and soliloquies from The Merchant of Venice to support discussion and demonstrate Shakespeare’s language and characters in action.

Richard III / Looking For Richard

Dr Huw Griffiths with Huw McKinnon & The Players

Join Huw McKinnon and Dr Huw Griffiths as they explore Shakespeare’s Richard III and provide a comparative analysis of Al Pacino’s Looking For Richard, as part of Module A: Textual Conversations. The Players will perform key scenes and soliloquies from Richard III to support discussion and demonstrate Shakespeare’s language and characters in action.

The Tempest / Hag-Seed

Professor Liam Semler with Huw McKinnon & The Players

Join Huw McKinnon and Professor Liam Semler as they explore Shakespeare’s The Tempest and provide a comparative analysis of Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed, as part of Module A: Textual Conversations. The Players will perform key scenes and soliloquies from The Tempest to support discussion and demonstrate Shakespeare’s language and characters in action.