Glasshouse Port Macquarie presents
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
By William Shakespeare
Director James Evans
Claudio and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings.
Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other.
Claudio however is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.
But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all? Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?
Secondary students, years 7-12
Note: Student prices are available as a group Education booking or individually with a high school student ID card.
TEACHERS WORKSHOP - Dates to be confirmed.
Free with school bookings to Much Ado About Nothing. Duration: 75 minutes.
BELL SHAKESPEARE REGIONAL ACCESS PROGRAM REGIONAL ACCESS WORKSHOP
The Much Ado About Nothing Regional Access Workshops are presented by a Bell Shakespeare artist over the course of one day, about a month in advance of the performance of Much Ado About Nothing at the Glasshouse.
The workshops cover plot synopsis, character journeys and design images from the production.
Schools that book tickets to Much Ado About Nothing are entitled to a Regional Access Workshop at no charge to the school or venue.
Please register your interest on the booking form.
THE JOHN BELL SCHOLARSHIP
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students living in regional areas, who are interested in a career as a performer.
Three students are selected each year from across Australia to come to Sydney and spend a week with Bell Shakespeare.
They will participate in acting masterclasses, be taught by John Bell, observe one week of Bell Shakespeare rehearsals, see live theatre and perform their winning monologue for Artistic Director Peter Evans and a Bell Shakespeare cast.
Scholarship auditions take the form of 15 minute one-on one masterclasses with a Bell Shakespeare artist. Each student must perform a 1-2 minute monologue from the suggested monologue list provided by Bell Shakespeare or a monologue of their choice from any Shakespeare play.
To be eligible to audition, students must be at least 16 years of age by 31 December 2019, and still be at high school fulltime in 2019; and complete a registration form.
Visit www.bellshakespeare.com.au for more information.
To book your education excursion and to plan your visit to the Glasshouse please click here.
Beatrice: Zindzi Okenyo
Hero / Conrade: Vivienne Awosoga
Don Pedro: Danny Ball
Margaret / Verges: Marissa Bennett
Dogberry / Balthasar: Mandy Bishop
Claudio / Borachio: Will McDonald
Antonio: Suzanne Pereira
Benedick: Duncan Ragg
Don John: Paul Reichstein
Leonato: David Whitney
Director: James Evans
Designer: Pip Runciman
Lighting Designer: Niklas Pajanti
Composer & Sound Designer: Andrée Greenwell
Movement & Fight Director : Nigel Poulton
Voice & Text Coach: Jess Chambers
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.