Shakespeare in the open air – a tale of three festivals

Brisbane Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night

Over the past couple of months I’ve been to three Shakespeare shows in public parks around south-east Queensland. Spring has sprung and it seems we can’t wait to get out and enjoy the best weather the new season has to offer in tandem with some of the works of our favourite playwright.

The first of the three was the annual Brisbane Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare (BSF) on Oxford and, since last year, by the lagoon at Sandgate. The BSF is a week-long romp which is now entering its 5th year. The production – this year BSF presented Twelfth Night – is one part and, arguably, the centrepiece of a whole range of Shakespearean-related activities. The organisers are clearly feeling confident about the continuation of the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival, and have called for ideas for the 2012 festival on Twitter.

My second outdoor Shakespeare production this season was the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble‘s (QSE) production of The Merchant of Venice in Brisbane’s Roma Street Parklands. This was for a very small audience indeed – probably 100 or so at a time. This close proximity of audience to actors enabled a more intimate experience of text in action than did the spectacle of BSF and USQ. The QSE also put the audience under the rotunda and away from any nasty rain that could spoil things as it did for the third company, USQ’s Shakespeare in the Park Festival. Continue reading Shakespeare in the open air – a tale of three festivals

This Week in Queensland Theatre: March 15-21

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Opening:

Thom Pain by Will Eno – Queensland Theatre Company at Bille Brown Studio (in preview Mon-Wed, opens Thursday)

The Bitterling by Sven Swenson – La Boite Indie at the Round House Theatre (in preview Mon-Thu, opens Friday)

Continuing:

Flicking the Flint by Kate Lee !Metro Arts Independents (Brisbane)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare JUTE Theatre (Cairns)

Avenue Q the Australian touring production at QPAC (Brisbane)

Other:

See QSE’s training program and Shake and Stir’s workshop series which continue throughout the month (Brisbane and SE Q)

It’s QPAC’s 25th Birthday this year.  While you’re on the South Bank in Brisbane head into the Tony Gould Gallery for the QPAC 25 Exhibition.

… and check out the recently-opened Edge space further upstream – near the fabulous GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art).

This Week in Queensland Theatre: March 1-7

Avenue Q
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Another quiet week.  It’s mid-season for Hamlet and The Little Dog Laughed with two weeks of their seasons left.

Continuing:

Avenue Q the Australian touring production at QPAC.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare dir David Berthold at the Roundhouse.  Check the updated Greenroom reviews index.

The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane dir Michael Gow at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC  Check the updated Greenroom reviews index.

Other:

Check out QSE’s training program which continues throughout the month.
Play-briefing Thom Pain Queensland Theatre Company at Bille Brown Studio (Monday).  Writer Will Eno in attendance.