The Song Company Commemorates Quatercentenary Of Shakespeare’s Death

The Song Company. Image credit Simon Gorges.
The Song Company. Image credit Simon Gorges.

The Song Company directed by Antony Pitts, presents A Strange Eventful History, a new work in which theatre and concert program converge, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

A Strange Eventful History draws on scholar Gary Watt’s work on performance rhetoric for the Royal Shakespeare Company and his forthcoming book Shakespeare’s Acts of Will. The contemporary settings are also drawn from The Song Company’s Call for Scores, part of its search for new and undiscovered Australian musical treasures. A Strange Eventful History includes a specially composed setting of Sonnet 76 by former Song Company member Ruth McCall.

Gary Watt’s collaboration with the Song Company has brought Shakespeare to contemporary Australia. He says, “The speech in which Shakespeare coined the phrase ‘strange eventful history’ begins with the line “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”. Shakespeare was the greatest word player of them all and on the 400th anniversary of his death I am delighted to bring his words, with a few of my own, across the whole world’s stage from Warwickshire to Australia”.

The music:

A selection of Shakespeare settings by Banister, Byrd, Johnson, Landsman, and Morley.
Dances including Munday’s Joy, The Queenes Alman, La Volta, Mal Sims. 


Tickets: Adult: $60.00 each, Concession: $55.00, Under 30: $45.00, Student: $20.00 each

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