Big Ap­petites for Shake­speare in the Park

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Library News -

Do you have a big ap­petite for com­edy? Sport for Jove’s Shake­speare in the Park re­turns as part of The Hills Shire Coun­cil’s Sum­mer Se­ries of events this De­cem­ber with Shake­speare's dark satir­i­cal master­piece Mea­sure for Mea­sure and Goldoni's light-hearted com­edy The Ser­vant of Two Masters.

Both plays will be per­formed out­doors and be­neath the stars, with the famed Bella Vista Farm homestead fea­tur­ing as the pro­duc­tion back­drop.

Sport For Jove di­rec­tor Damien Ryan said au­di­ences could ex­pect in­trigue, drama and lots of gig­gles with some of Syd­ney’s best actors tak­ing to the stage at the his­tor­i­cal prop­erty.

“Our ninth sum­mer sea­son is a very orig­i­nal one and a very spe­cial one for me, ful­fill­ing one of the orig­i­nal char­ters of this com­pany, which was to de­velop new Australian di­rec­tors of the clas­sics and bring some of our best loved artists’ vi­sions to the stage,” Mr Ryan said.

“This year we are tak­ing on Shake­speare’s bril­liantly dark and sub­ver­sive com­edy Mea­sure for Mea­sure, di­rected by one of Sport for Jove’s (SFJ) prin­ci­pal artists and a vet­eran of the fes­ti­val sea­son, Lizzie Schebesta. And it will play along­side prob­a­bly the world’s most fa­mous, cer­tainly most in­flu­en­tial com­edy, Goldoni’s The Ser­vant of Two Masters, again di­rected by two of SFJ’s most ex­pe­ri­enced and best-loved theatre mak­ers, Francesca Sav­ige and Ge­orge Ban­ders - the team who have created our Sec­ond Age Project sea­son for young peo­ple over the past four years. It is won­der­ful to have these three cher­ished artists tak­ing on our main sea­son this year,” Mr Ryan added. The best way to en­joy Shake­speare in the Park was by re­lax­ing back and en­joy­ing a pic­nic with your near­est and dear­est.

For more Sum­mer Se­ries in­for­ma­tion and to check out all the other ex­cit­ing events com­ing to The Hills Shire visit Sum­mer Se­ries web­site, www.sum­merseries.com.au.

Mayor Michelle Byrne with Shake­speare in the Park ac­tor Ge­orge Zhao

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