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Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
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Bard on the Beach Watson Bay, The life and death of King John, The Comedy of Errors.


Bard on the Beach 2019 is set to entertain us, bewilder and enchant us with Shakespeare's works - The Life and Death of King John and The Comedy of Errors.

A dummies guide to Shakespeare may be a worthwhile companion if you are a bit rusty on high-school Shakespeare or your children can always enlighten you.

The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of twins - twin Masters and twin Servants - who, through a series of events and mistaken identities, turn the town of Ephesus upside down. It is one of Shakespeares "most farcical comedies," first performed in 1584 and one of his shortest plays.

Richard Cox, Bard on the Beach 2019, Watsons Bay, The Comedy of Errors
Richard Cox -Antipholus of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors


Said to observe the Aristotelain principle of unity of time with the events taking place over a 24 hour time frame. This play is has humour, slapstick and riotous mistaken identity all spun together with Shakespearean word play.

The Comedy of Errors has become an established idiom of English expression to explain an event or series of events made ridiculous by the "number of errors that were made throughout."

So, just as getting through day to day life in modern day Sydney with mobile phones, internet bookings, parking cars and arranging dates and times can all finally come together after a series of miscalls, delays, weather and last minute change of plans. The Comedy of Errors that is normal life is magnified and made an event in itself through the wit-filled performance of this outrageously funny play.

The Comedy of Errors

Robertson Park, Watsons Bay
Shakespeare By The Bay
Saturday 2nd March 7.30pm
Sunday 3rd March 7.30pm
Friday 8th March 7.30pm

Burwood Pavilion, Burwood
Bard On The Beach

Sunday 17th March 7.30pm

Bard on the Beach 2019, The Comedy of Errors, Watsons Bay,
Richard Cox plays King John / Antipholus of Ephesus



Bard on the Beach 2019, The Life and Death of King John, The Comedy of Errors.
The Life and Death of King John


The Life and Death of King John is a less performed piece, yet one of intrigue, family, power, battles, life, death, Kings and nations battling over English soil.

King John seems to have quite a complicated life. Battles with France, King Phillip, Richard and Arthur all vying for the English crown. Constance and the Church have their own ideas and after many battles and deaths there is peace and a King.



The Life and Death of King John
Robertson Park, Watsons Bay

Friday 1st March, 7.30pm
Saturday 9th March, 7.30pm
Sunday 10th March, 7.30pm

Cars Park. Cars Park
Friday 15th March, 7.30pm (One performance only)

Burwood Pavillion, Burwood.
Saturday 16th March 7.30pm

So, embrace the moment, collect all those that you can, book a patch of grass. Grab your blankets, a picnic basket and make your way to Robertson Park Watsons Bay and make merriment through the month of March.

Enjoy the performances. Learn something of the intricate manipulation of emotions and lives that Shakespeare so masterfully weaves.

To book tickets for Bard on the Beach - Robertson Park Watson Bay click this link or book through The Watson Bay Hotel website or at the Ticket Table on the night.
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Why? It is always an honour to view Shakespeare.
When: Various Dates March 2019
Where: Watsons Bay, Avalon, Carrs Park and Burwood Pavillion
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