Botanica Lumina Twelfth Night: Photography by Natalia Petrenko
Shakespeare South Australia is an eco-theatrical company committed to environmental sustainability, renewal and positive change. Merging Shakespeare's classic text with new ecological performance strategies, we seek to connect audiences with environments to enhance the affective experience of the natural world in uniquely South Australian contexts. We join organisations such as Shakespeare's Globe, the Willow Globe and Shakespeare in Yosemite as proud members of the global EarthShakes Alliance; a world-wide collective committed to theatrical responses to environmental crises.
Founded in 2021, Shakespeare South Australia is the State's newest theatre company, uniting the latest performance ecology directions with traditional Shakespearean 'Original Practice'. Using environmentally-sensitive staging techniques and applying original biophilic performance research, Shakespeare South Australia investigates how Shakespeare's work might more deeply inform our delicate and fraught relationship with nature.
Shakespeare South Australia was created by Adelaide-born Artistic Director Alys Daroy following training and working across the UK and Australia since 2003 in classical theatre. Alys is an actor (English National Theatre and Sunday Times Ian Charleson Award Commendation for Outstanding Performance in a Classical Production) and Shakespeare scholar (Monash-Warwick Alliance PhD Candidate, Australian Government Research Training Program). She is currently co-authoring a book with Professor Paul Prescott (Merced), titled 'Shakespeare, Ecology and Adaptation' for Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare (2022). Botanica Lumina: Twelfth Night draws on Alys' original research into biophilia, Shakespeare and ecology and seeks to connect people, place and environments through Shakespeare's work.
We seek to make accessible, intelligent, exciting and joyous theatre for all South Australians. Though aimed at adult audiences, productions are suitable for any age so that children too can enjoy the magic of Shakespeare. We endeavour to be accessible to patrons of all requirements wherever possible.
Our values are:
DIVERSITY (RACE, GENDER, AGE, SOCIO-ECONOMIC)
RESPECT FOR COUNTRY
If you would like to find out more or register your interest in future productions as a performer or arts professional, please do get in touch via our Contact page.
We present an exceptional cast of some of the State's finest theatrical talent. All share a passion for Shakespeare's work, with experience that spans Shakespeare's Globe, London to the State Opera, South Australia . Some of our cast were both in South Australia, some have made it their home. All share a love our State and acknowledge the Kaurna people on whose land we perform and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. We are proud to partner with SA Casting and champion local actors to bring you vital, vibrant Shakespeare, as told through South Australia's magnificent landscapes.
DIRECTORS: BRITT PLUMMER AND JESS CLOUGH MACRAE
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY MICHAELA BURGER
LIGHTING DESIGN BY MARTIN BEVZ, LVX GLOBAL
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