|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 began 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. NB: The May, June and November readings will be at Kathleen Syme Library, Faraday Street, Carlton, between Swanston and Lygon Streets (accessed by any Swanston Street tram or Johnston Street bus).
Rehearsals for Readings are held (first Saturday of the month) at various locations.
|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.||Follow us on Facebook|
|Items of Note
Please note a change to our programme for Saturday 10th September - still at the ESU, still at 1.00pm, but instead of the listed reading of The Roaring Girl (now to take place in 2017) we have a Meeting.
Our September meeting will take place as scheduled on Saturday, September 24th. The speaker on that occasion will be David James, writer/flautist/composer
on Shakespeare and Jazz
Rules of Association are available for the convenience of those members who want access to them.