Shakespeare Unbound

What is Shakespeare Unbound?

The video series is made up of 12 scenes from six of Shakespeare’s most famous plays: Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and The Tempest. These videos are paired with 12 commentaries from the director and cast that unpack the meaning of the work in a way that is relevant for Australian students.

Each scene has been brought to life on film by some of Australia’s best known theatre actors, including John Bell, Tom Conroy, Ivan Donato, Kate Mulvany, Eryn-Jean Norvill, Damien Ryan, Hazem Shammas, Damien Strouthos and Miranda Tapsell.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy set in Verona, Italy, where two rival families live – the Montagues and the Capulets.

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Macbeth is a tragedy set in Scotland. Macbeth is a celebrated Scottish soldier. After a successful battle, he and his comrade Banquo stumble upon three Weird Sisters who predict that Macbeth will one day be king.

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Hamlet is a tragedy set in Elsinore, Denmark. Prince Hamlet is deeply depressed by the sudden death of his father, old Hamlet, and the hasty remarriage of his mother, Queen Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius.

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The Tempest

The Tempest is set on a remote island where the powerful Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, lives with his daughter, Miranda.

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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is a historical tragedy set in ancient Rome. Julius Caesar has returned in triumph from the war against Pompey and the Roman citizens celebrate.

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Othello is a tragedy set in Venice, Italy. Othello is a Moor and a highly esteemed general in the Venetian army. When Othello promotes Michael Cassio to the position of lieutenant instead of Iago, Othello’s friend and ensign, Iago is filled with envy and begins an evil and malicious campaign to bring about Othello’s downfall.

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