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Antony and Cleopatra performed by The Little Fish
Bianca Payne (Mardian) Photo/artwork courtesy of Isabella Shaw.


Stripped back to its rawest emotions it will be their hottest winter show ever.

Using young talented southern-based actors, The Little Fish performance ensemble is set once again to provide high quality theatre with their production of Williams Shakespeare's most passionate and exotic love story, Antony and Cleopatra. This 'raw Shakespearean Project' is all set to period, but stripped back of any modern interpretations, gimmicks or trickery. It focuses on the characters and the beautiful complex stories, presenting Shakespeare's work as honestly as it was originally performed 400 years ago.

Antony and Cleopatra performed by Little Fish
Nicole Richardson (Menas), Simon Lancione (Maecenas) and Bianca Payne (Mardian.) Photo courtesy of Amelia Lórien Dembowski.


Antony and Cleopatra performed by Little Fish
Leah Anderson as Iras and Pompey. Photo courtesy of Amelia Lórien Dembowski.


Artistic Director, Russell Slater said, "Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare's telling of one of history's most famous lovers. Having been made larger-than-life in so many adaptations this production by The Little Fish aims to strip back the layers of the raw emotions and people within – hopefully allowing the audience the chance to be drawn into this emotional powerhouse of a story."

Antony and Cleopatra performed by Little Fish
Linda Edwards, Director.Photo courtesy of Amelia Lórien Dembowski.


Directed by a long-time favourite of The Little Fish, Linda Edwards, Antony & Cleopatra provides a wonderful opportunity to one of the much-loved ensemble members, Amelia Lórien Dembowski, who is taking on the giant role of Cleopatra. This will be Amelia's third production with The Little Fish following her debut in The Taming of the Shrew, and most recently as the beautiful (but disturbing) songbird Moth in the outdoor summer production of Love's Labour's Lost.

Antony and Cleopatra performed by Little Fish
Amelia Lórien Dembowski as Cleopatra. Photo courtesy of Amelia Lórien Dembowski.


Amelia said, "I am absolutely privileged to be able to play such an important historic character like Cleopatra – a female ruler who shaped the world".

"It is a role that I have wanted to play for a very long time, bringing my love of theatre and Egyptian history together. As an actor, this role has challenged me in all aspects of life. We are both very passionate, empathic and intuitive girls (with short tempers) and I feel like I've gotten to know a soul sister – it's actually quite scary really, how alike we seem to be!"


Antony and Cleopatra performed by Little Fish
Great costume work from Lynley Slater.


Antony and Cleopatra performed by Little Fish
Expect some sexy sass from our corsairs!


In an ideal outdoor setting among the vines and under the stars for Love's Labour's Lost, audiences were delighted with Amelia's beautiful performances of several songs she arranged especially to perform live. However, her role as Cleopatra does not require her to sing. This production will be the last opportunity for Adelaide audiences to see Amelia for a while as she is heading to New South Wales to further her career.


In 'Love's Labour's Lost' Amelia arranged and performed several songs live. Here is her performance of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, with arrangement from Jessica Monck.

The Little Fish are continuing their tradition of closing night of each production in the historic 100 year old Barrel Hall at Kay Brothers Winery, McLaren Vale. This has become a special event in this unique and intimate space with the audience surrounding the performance on all sides. Plus there is the benefit of award winning Kay Brothers wine available to keep out the winters chill.

A brief history of The Little Fish:

For over 25 years Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble (SYTE) has provided opportunities for young people to express their creativity through theatre. About three years ago The Little Fish formed out of SYTE's senior ensemble. The Little Fish are the senior sector of the not-for-profit, multifaceted performing arts school, the JamaeRaw School of Performing Arts, based in Willunga. They began providing high quality theatre in 2011 using local talented actors. Their workshops introduce young people to the delights and skills of theatre, performance and stage management. Their productions provide young people a creative environment to work as a true ensemble to express their creativity through theatre.


Slater said, "these young actors have been the driving force in presenting stripped–back, traditional productions of Shakespeare. They have really embraced the opportunity to perform with a minimal set and in all array of venues, from classic theatres through to tiny found spaces, inside and outside. They work as a true ensemble forever improving, adapting and supporting one another. They constantly contribute to every production with design, costumes, props, photography and promotion."

Antony and Cleopatra performed by Little Fish
Learning skills of props, photography and promotion.


A strong principle of The Little Fish is to create an environment to foster the growth of artists, while with every production, welcome in more and more new artists.

Slater said, "Our shows are designed to be accessible to all and we pride ourselves on the rapidly growing number of dedicated followers who never thought they would like Shakespeare, and now won't miss our productions."

Antony and Cleopatra performed by Little Fish
Outdoor performance of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. Photo courtesy of Sam Hellar.


Marion Cultural Centre - Bookings 8375 6855
8pm Fri 14/8 - Opening night, bookings open.

The Singing Gallery,
133 Main Road, McLaren Vale
Tickets $20 (allocated seating)
Bookings www.trybooking.com/133887
8pm Thursday 20/8
8pm Friday 21/8
8pm Saturday 22/8 - last remaining tickets.

Kay Brothers Amery Wines
Historic Barrel Hall

57 Kays Road, McLaren Vale
VIP Closing Night 8pm Saturday 29/8 Tickets $30 Bookings www.trybooking.com/HUBR


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Why? Wonderful opportunity to see young talented actors presenting Shakespeare's work without modern interpretations as it was first presented 400 years ago.
Phone: Russell Slater 0430 192 121
Website: jamaeraw.org
Where: 3 Locations: Marion Cultural Centre, The Singing Gallery and Kay Brothers Amery Wines, Historic Barrel Hall.
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