BARD COMES TO BAY

Four events in­spired by Shake­speare

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - FRONT PAGE -

THE world of Wil­liam Shake­speare will come to life in Sandgate at Shake­speare by the Bay this Satur­day and Sun­day, Septem­ber 30 and Oc­to­ber 1.

The 11th an­nual fes­ti­val or­gan­ised by 4MBS Clas­sic FM will fea­ture sto­ries for kids, play read­ings and sword­play be­fore cul­mi­nat­ing in an af­ter­noon per­for­mance of Julius Cae­sar in Ein­bun­pin La­goon park­land.

Fes­ti­val pro­ducer Gary Thorpe said, “4MBS Clas­sic FM likes to make the great clas­sics ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one no mat­ter where they live.

“I am look­ing for­ward to bring­ing this ter­rific pro­duc­tion with a great cast of pro­fes­sional ac­tors to Sandgate. It is such a re­laxed at­mos­phere in the park, we al­ways have a great time.

“Last year was the 400th an­niver­sary of the death of Shake­speare and he is still the most per­formed play­wright in the world.

Shake­speare is an im­por­tant part of our cul­ture – many words and ex­pres­sions we use to­day were cre­ated by Shake­speare.

“With­out know­ing it we are sur­rounded by Shake­speare’s in­flu­ence.

“We chose Julius Cae­sar for this year’s Shake­speare Fes­ti­val be­cause it has a time­less mes­sage about power and the abuse of power – a mes­sage that is as rel­e­vant to­day as it was in an­cient Rome.

“In Sandgate Town Hall we are also pre­sent­ing a play read­ing of Antony and Cleopa­tra – an­other study of power and its con­se­quences.

“Shake­speare cre­ated some of the great­est plays ever writ­ten. Shake­speare by the Bay brings them to Sandgate for ev­ery­one to en­joy in a re­laxed af­ter­noon in the park.

“It’s a great day out and it’s free.”

The fes­ti­val starts at 11am on Satur­day with Kids’ Clas­sic Shake­speare at Sandgate Li­brary, where Shake­speare’s sto­ries will be adapted for kids and per­formed by lo­cal ac­tors. At noon en­joy Shake­speare: When In Rome in Sandgate Town Hall, with Bris­bane Shake­speare Fes­ti­val troupe ac­tors per­form­ing read­ings on Antony and Cleopa­tra and Julius Cae­sar with

On Sun­day in Ein­bun­pin La­goon there will be sword­play by mem­bers of Prima Spada School of Fence from 1.30pm, fol­lowed by the per­for­mance of Julius Cae­sar at 2.30pm.Bring a rug or chair. There will be a sausage siz­zle and cakes and drinks to pur­chase and free face paint­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Pre­par­ing for their per­for­mance of Shake­speare’s Julius Cae­sar in Sandgate are Ber­nadette Meenach (Bru­tus), San­dro Co­larelli (Casca) and Matthew Filkins (Cas­sius).

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