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Now is the winter of our discontent …

The latest offering from Streamed Shakespeare is a most exciting RICHARD 111 directed by Jamie Collette. Direction by Collette is handled with assurance, strength and clarity. It is niftily edited by technical director Charlotte Wiltshire, stage manager Stephen Starnawski, visual designer, Emma Johnston and visual editor, David Castle. The poetry and power of Shakespeare’s words are beautifully handled.

It has been contemporized to a degree but still faithfully follows the complicated manoeuvrings of the Wars of the Roses. As in previous productions much use is made of the split-screen technique for the large cast. Along with wonderful atmospheric images of London the backdrops are mostly of a huge castle and voluminous rooms. Each scene and location is announced in a lugubrious voice over, with an image of a large white rose ( of York) with droplets of blood ( red for Lancaster ).

For the battle of Bosworth there is a large Lancastrian red rose for Richmond (while mostly things are updated in this version the battle of Bosworth itself is fought on horseback in armour with most effective aerial shots. It seems however a bit strange for Richard to wear a Lancastrian red jacket for the battle. Continue reading STREAMED SHAKESPEARE RICHARD 111


Jess Loudon – Queen Elizabeth

After a successful staging of The Bard’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Streamed Shakespeare turns its eye

from race relations to an examination of power, ambition, and the lengths people will go to get what they want.

View the trailer here:

“RICHARD III is all about Power. Everybody wants it. Only Richard of Gloucester is willing to devour his own family one by one to take it.
And eventually, it devours him too.
The meteoric rise of a narcissistic, unscrupulous, and cruel despot is unfortunately far too familiar in our current global political climate.
However, that makes the time ripe for us here at Streamed Shakespeare to bring one of Shakespeare’s most iconic and unrepentant villains to your loungeroom.”
– Jamie Collette, Director



ACTORS BENEVOLENT FUND’S most popular fundraiser event – the INDOOR PICNIC AND CABARET is back.  This year marks 75 years that The Actors Benevolent Fund has provided assistance to performing arts professionals in times of need.

This fabulous event will be held on Sunday 18 August in the Joan Sutherland Rehearsal Room of Opera Australia.   Award winning director Luke Joslin, and legendary Musical Director Michael Tyack have brought together Sydney’s best-known performers for this glittering industry event including:-

Nancye Hayes, Jonathan Biggins, Chloe Dallimore, Paul Capsis, Sheridan Harbridge, Sandy Gore, Maggie Blinco, Natalie Abbott, James Hadwin, Scott Irwin, Margi de Ferranti, Olivia Vasquez, Peter Cousens, Brittanie Shipway, Dan Belle, Wayne Scott Kermond, Garry Scale, Robert McDougall, Daniel Belle, Jay Laga’aia, Courtney Bell, Meredith O’Reilly, Siobhan Clifford, Laura Murphy, Stephanie Caccamo, Heather Mitchell and many more. 

ACTORS BENEVOLENT FUND is the entertainment industry’s charity that provides help when it’s needed most. Founded in 1944 to assist the many members of the acting profession who were caught up in the devastation that World War II. It was recognised that action was required to look after the families of lost servicemen and women. It is in this spirit that the Actors Benevolent Fund has continued for 75 years, in supporting professional members of the performing arts community across theatre, film and television.

The Actors Benevolent Fund also umbrellas the STA Fund which was established with the Sydney Theatre Awards to assist members of the theatre community suffering from mental health issues. It also administers the Victoria Longley Cancer Appeal which offers financial assistance to help with the costs of cancer treatment. Donations to these funds and the Actors Benevolent Fund can be made on the ABF website.

Gather your friends, pack your picnic and head out for a night to remember!

VENUE:          Joan Sutherland Rehearsal Room

Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

WHEN:            Sunday 18th August

TIME:              Doors open 6pm / Showtime 7pm

TICKETS:       $85.00

BOOKINGS:   www.actorsbenevolentfund.org.au


Madisson Russo and Katrina Retallick in RUTHLESS.  Photos by Blueprint Studios
Madisson Russo and Katrina Retallick in RUTHLESS. Photos by Blueprint Studios

New initiative, The Theatre Division, triumphs with its current production, RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL. This cuttingly satirical piece takes a decent back-stab at many aspects of the musical theatre industry, middle-American home and school life as well as the entertainment media.

Lisa Freshwater’s direction of a stellar cast ensures the piece progresses at a cracking pace. Amidst the mayhem of masked identities, merciless ambition from all ages and mother-daughter dialogues, some snippets of genuine confusion or heartbreak also appear. Issues burst forth from the Sydney stage in the firm hands, feet and voices of this premiere season cast. The strong tradition of this US cult musical is upheld.

Continue reading RUTHLESS!