PICTURED (L-R): Shakespeare Republic Season Two Ensemble Members – Billy Smedley, Wahibe Moussa, Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Christopher Kirby, Sally McLean, Nadine Garner, Shane Savage, Phoebe Anne Taylor, Falon Ryan and Stephen Costan. Photo by Cate O’Connor.

About Shakespeare Republic

Created by Australian actor, Sally McLean in 2015, Shakespeare Republic is an internationally award-winning, female-led and culturally diverse anthology series produced by Incognita Enterprises that celebrates not just the world’s greatest playwright, but also his insightful understanding of the big issues of his time. Insights that still hold relevance today and form the basis for a truly diverse, inventive and epic journey into the nature of being human.

Nadine Garner as “Viola” (Season Two)

The crème de la crème of Australian web series

“… polished, beautifully made series from director/producer Sally McLean … a fine use of the platform and, more importantly, a very fine adaptation of the Bard … Shakespeare Republic is put together with grace and wit. An assortment of actors do terrific work making the (non-dumbed down) dialogue accessible, prying it open with great care and skill.”
Luke Buckmaster
THE GUARDIAN

Built on the premise of taking a selection of Shakespeare texts and making them more accessible to modern audiences by setting each piece in a contemporary situation, while playing with gender and embracing diversity, our first award-winning season in 2015 included Hamlet as Media Advisor to a Government Minister, Juliet as one half of a same-sex couple in a Skype conversation, Phebe as an entitled Gen Y drunk texting, Macbeth as a politician about to metaphorically knife an opponent, a female Hamlet weary from the corporate cut and thrust and a performance of Sonnet 18 as a eulogy.

Michala Banas as “Hamlet” in Season Two

Creative and entertaining

“… taking the world by storm, done in an inventive, captivating way … the entire series is astonishingly smart.”
Melissa Malone
STAREABLE.COM

In 2017 we returned with Season Two with thirteen more episodes with everything from Viola as inner-Melbourne hipster to Jaques as a melancholic barfly to Katherina as an ambitious politician’s wife to Henry V as a member of a laser strike team – and everything in-between!

Brainchild of award-winning Director/Producer, Sally McLean, with a highly experienced crew carrying a combined total of over 170 professional credits to their names, Shakespeare Republic has now been officially selected for over 80 international film festivals, nominated over 70 times and won over 30 awards to date, and is an innovative and exciting ride through the works of William Shakespeare, featuring an international cast and a lot of love for the Bard.

Christopher Kirby as “Sir Thomas More” in Season Two

A slightly modern twist

“… a sophisticated twenty-first century series with its own particularly Australian flavour.”
Sylvia Morris
THE SHAKESPEARE BLOG, UK

We have recently delved into the world of film, producing our first commissioned short film project Speaking Daggers, co-produced with Independent Schools Victoria for the inaugual Arts Learning Festival in Melbourne, which has now won three awards on the international film festival circuit and been officially selected by twenty one festivals.  It will be used as part of the curriculum in Victorian schools as a tool to teach Shakespeare to students and teachers alike from mid 2020.

Sally McLean as “Beatrice” in Season Two

A huge year for Shakespeare Republic

“… beautifully produced soliloquies from Shakespeare’s most famous characters, interpreted by a wide range of talented actors.”
Anna Kamaralli & John Galea
SHAKESPEARE TWENTYSCORE

Shakespeare Republic creator/director, Sally McLean is now also faculty at the renowned Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia as their resident Shakespeare teacher and her first published work on Shakespeare, an essay exploring her methodology behind Shakespeare Republic and Shakespeare performance in general, will be published in the UK by Routledge Press in mid 2020 as part of the academic collection, Playfulness In Shakespearean Adaptations edited by Marina Gerzić (The University of Western Australia) and Aidan Norrie (Warwick University, UK).

Dean Haglund as “Iago” in Season Two

A gem of a “different drama”

Shakespeare Republic (2015) is a superb collection of Shakespearean texts delivered by Australian actors in contemporary situations.”
Joël Bassaget & Meredith Burkholder
SHORT, NARRATIVE & SERIALIZED: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE WEB SERIES PHENOMENON

Next on our creative agenda is our mini-series, Dark Arcadia and Season Three of the main series, which is in final development and takes the work in a different direction again, still maintaining the female perspective and the modern settings and remaining unbound by gender or race.

Tariro Mavondo as “Cleopatra” in Season Two

Shakespeare Republic

“… incredibly clever and highly addictive …”
Sarah Jayne & Ivan Malkin
MADE IN MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL

For more about the series, visit the official site here: http://www.shakespearerepublic.com

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