Much ado in Grampians
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.