How do you like your Shakespeare? With music, on a rug with the family in a park, films from the globe theatre, radio broadcasts, operas, sonnets and soliloquies while drinking tea and eating scones, or with sword fights or brass bands? The season explodes with music on 20th September and continues to excite the imagination until 4th November.
This year's festival will open with a celebration of music inspired by the works of Shakespeare in the beautiful Brisbane City Town Hall. The opening gala event for this year's Brisbane Shakespeare Festival is a double celebration.
15 years ago the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra was formed with just 18 musicians. It is a community based orchestra, with a repertoire including orchestral and chamber musical works performed, not only in Brisbane city, but throughout regional Queensland. To celebrate this occasion, a programme of music that has inspired composers from around the world based on the works of the Bard, will be performed. You will recognise the wedding march from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' written by Mendelssohn and the ballet music from 'Romeo and Juliet' written by Tchaikovsky. But there is more music, and if you want you can include a ticket to a post-concert supper and a reception in the Hamilton Room. No doubt you will agree with the many who believe that music really is the food of love.
Brisbane City Council is the major sponsor of the festival and is dedicated to fostering an innovative and creative community. Part of their strategy is to supply spaces for creative activities, so during the festival libraries and parks are great venues for many of the live performances. Films will be shown at 384 Old Cleveland Road and if you like sonnets and soliloquies with coffee and cake, the Shingle Inn is one of the comfortable venues for you. The festival is a family affair and children have a wonderful introduction the magic of Shakespeare with his stories adapted specially for them.
Two special days are a must for your diary. 27th September at Einbunpin Lagoon Park and 3rd October at Bulimba Memorial park. This is a free event that starts at 1.30 throogh until late. 'The Comedy of Errors', a soapie with crazy goings on and a hint of madness, is the entire play for this year. Bring the family, rugs and chairs for a fun day in the park.
This is just a taste of the 4MBS Brisbane programme for this year's festival arranged by Tama Matheson, the artistic director.