I was fortunate to attend the theatre recently on assignment for Scenestr magazine. The Curators and heartBeast Theatre had teamed up to produce a double bill of Shakespeare. Last year I was lucky to go see The Curators staging of Uncle Vanya for the first time in Brisbane in 86 years. Many of the cast from that production performed this time as well although most were in Julius Caesar which was put on by heartBeast Theatre and was first up. The second show The Third Beauty was an adaptation of notable female Shakespeare characters and performed by male actors. I found both staged impressively with very brave and honest performances. The location was the Spring Hill reservoir with the audience free to move amongst the old stone walls and explore the space as the actors too moved everywhere. I was particularly impressed and moved by Julius Caesar which I found easier to follow. You can read more of thoughts here http://scenestr.com.au/arts/heartbeast-theatre-and-the-curators-shakespeare-double-bill-brisbane-review-spring-hill-reservoir-20181008


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  1. Your phrase “Julius Caesar which I found easier to follow.” is excellent. I think a lot of people are put off by ye olde language in ye playyes of Shakespeare so it’s a good idea to tell everyone that they will be able to understand what’s going on.
    They sound very imaginative pieces of drama from heartBeast Theatre and the Curators.

    1. I can’t say I always understand everything but I’m usually pretty good at following Shakespeare. In The Third Beauty they were changing characters and not costumes, and using props as metaphors and needing more familiarity with the text. It was a different type of performance but very ambitious and interesting. Quite right on both counts though John.

    1. Sadly no, 🙂 It it however a consistent bright spot in my life. I’ve had 6 gigs in the past five weeks attending the Brisbane Writers Festival, BrisFest, a Cher concert, a movie preview screening, a theatre doible bill and the opening night of my beloved BIFF so i feel very blessed but definitely not a full time writer yet.

      1. BUSY.
        I sent off my manuscript to an editor and will try the traditional routes to publication. If that doesn’t work, I’ll self-publish again just for posterity. I love blogging but backed off to get the manuscript done. Also at work I’m teaching German which is totally new and therefore compounded my work. I also have 2 college jobs teaching as an adjunct. There you go, no time left over for blogging. Now that the semester has settled down, I’m hoping to participate more.
        Thanks for asking!

      2. As someone who has regularly held down two gigs my mind boggles. How many things have you got on the go? Teaching high school kids is more than enough! Most impressive. I wish you best in all ventures and congratulate on completing the manuscripts. Best of luck and look forward to seeing around more but priorities always priorities. Don’t be afraid to just hang ten with new hubby and enjoy life.

      3. YOU are sweet and wise. JIM is supportive and likes my writing. It means the world. I take care of him and blogging comes second. If I were a widow or retired, I could do much more. I squeeze in what I can…

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