|The Melbourne Shakespeare Society is one of the oldest literary societies in Australia, having been in continuous existence since 1884. It has an active program which includes monthly meetings, and monthly readings of Shakespeare's plays and associated works.|
|General Meetings are usually held
on the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding January). They feature
an invited main speaker, often from the arts or academia, or sometimes
a Society member speaks on one of their special interests. The talks
may be illustrated by short prepared readings by members. As well,
meetings may include musical items, book reports, sonnet readings and
reports of Shakespearean related events.
The venue is the St Francis Pastoral Centre, at the corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne, in the Monastery Hall or other meeting rooms at the Centre.
|Play Readings - The Society's Reading
Group performs Readings of the complete plays of William Shakespeare,
in basic chronological order, on the second Saturday of each month
(except January). In 2012 the group begins a fourth cycle of reading of the
complete Canon, over six years.
The rehearsed readings are performed by Society members in the Ballroom of the English Speaking Union at 146 Toorak Road West, South Yarra (between Punt and St Kilda Roads). Public transport access is via the Toorak Road tram or Punt Road bus.
Rehearsals for Readings are held (first Saturday of the month) in the Collingwood Library, 11 Stanton Street, next to the Collingwood Station carpark. Melway 2C H10 or 44 D5. Public transport access - train to Collingwood station, Hurstbridge or Epping line; Hoddle Street bus.
|Associated Readings of works which illuminate the Shakespearean Canon are interspersed with the Shakespeare plays throughout the year. These include Shakespeare's poems (eg The Rape of Lucrece), his contemporaries (eg The Massacre at Paris by Christopher Marlowe), classical drama (eg Menaechmi by Plautus), and modern plays for which Shakespeare is an essential reference point (eg Macbett by Eugene Ionesco).|
|The Society publishes a Newsletter, The Melbourne Shakespearean,with articles, poetry, reviews and reports of Shakespearean interest, which is available free to members and for sale to others.|
|There are very modest attendance fees at meetings and readings, and guests and new members are always welcome. For further information, contact the President or any others listed in the Contacts.|
|Items of Note
WE HAVE MOVED!
The next meeting will be held on March 22th at St. Francis Pastoral Centre, cnr. Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne, starting at 2.00 pm.
Our next Reading on April 12th is A Midsummer Night's Dream to be directed by Barbara Sharpe.
OZACT is to contine its Summer production of Hamlet through Autumn between March 29th to April 27th.
The results of the Sonnet Competition held last year are now available.
Oxford University's Continuing Education department runs 'a stimulating, but enjoyable', English Literature Summer School on an annual basis. The program consists of a series of lectures and seminar meetings in small groups.
Rules of Association are available for the convenience of those members who want access to them.
You will also find information about coming events in the theatre world in Melbourne if you go to Whitehat, the Melbourne happenings page (he also does a nice line in weekly newsletters!)