Much ado in Grampians

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Act­ing com­pany OZACT will re­turn to Heather­lie Quarry in Grampians Na­tional Park this week­end to present its an­nual au­tumn Shake­speare ad­ven­ture, this time with a new pro­duc­tion of Much Ado About Noth­ing.

OZACT, founded in 1996 by Bruce Wid­dop to com­bine Shake­speare’s great­est works with the great outdoors, has made an an­nual pil­grim­age to the pic­turesque Grampians set­ting each year since.

The play Much Ado About Noth­ing is Shake­speare’s strate­gic guide to the ‘bat­tle be­tween the sexes’ and is about how the road to true love never runs smoothly.

The play is renowned for its comic in­ci­dents, bum­bling guards, squab­bling broth­ers, and mis­matched lovers.

It is also full of sus­pense, high drama and com­edy, brought to life with pow­er­ful act­ing and ex­quis­ite cos­tumes.

OZACT has trav­elled south­east Aus­tralia and staged Shake­speare’s plays in some of the most spec­tac­u­lar gar­den, her­itage and wilder­ness set­tings in the coun­try.

It has pro­duced more than 50 sea­sons of Shake­speare and more than 400 per­for­mances in more

than 23 dif­fer­ent iconic lo­ca­tions. Wid­dop, OZACT’S artis­tic direc­tor, said the Grampians had been the com­pany’s au­tumn home since in­cep­tion in 1996.

“We are ex­cited to bring Much Ado About Noth­ing to the Grampians as part of our au­tumn tour of Shake­speare in the Great Outdoors,” he said.

Heather­lie Quarry is nes­tled be­neath the rugged twin peaks of Mount Dif­fi­cult. The site is a dra­matic area fea­tur­ing sheer rock faces, his­toric stone build­ings and moun­tain scenery.

The com­pany uses the site be­cause its ar­chi­tec­tural and nat­u­ral el­e­ments pro­vide a per­fect set­ting for Shake­speare’s great­est works.

Wid­dop is di­rect­ing this week­end’s pro­duc­tion with Matthew Young.

Cast and crew in­clude Bruce Wid­dop, Andy Delves, Matthew Young, Sor­cha Breen, Michael David­son, Wil­liam Lark, Luke Ing­ham, Eleanor Ruth, Stephanie van Rekum Ayres and Lisa Wid­dop.

Satur­day and Sun­day per­for­mances start at 3pm and peo­ple can book on­line by vis­it­ing web­site www.ozact.com.

Play pro­mot­ers have urged pa­trons to book early be­cause the per­for­mances usu­ally sell out be­fore the week­end.

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