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Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble 2020 Season

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Published November 22nd 2019
Courses, training, productions and drama
The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (QSE) was founded in 2001 and has built a great reputation through its training programs and annual theatre in the park productions for both making Shakespeare accessible but also delving more deeply into different aspects of the bard's works.

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About the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble

The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble key mission is around training programs and workshops. This means fostering new talent as well as staging productions of Shakespeare's works. It also has been involved in developing new original plays such as The Tragedy of Socrates as well as working with a wide range of people, including programs in prisons.

At the launch of Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble's 2020 season
At the launch of Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble's 2020 season


Linklater Voice Training

If you have to talk or present to people, whether it is on the stage as an actor, doing presentations to clients, or you just enjoy telling stories, then you can benefit from voice training. Linklater voice training will help you develop your vocal range, flexibility and expression through a series of step-by-step practical exercises. Training will be held in February, with advanced training in November.

Speaking Shakespeare in your own voice

Acting is more than just reciting words, it is about expressing the emotions and thoughts that lie behind those words in a way that the audience can related to. Shakespeare's plays cover a wide range of characters and situations, Shakespeare in your own voice, held in February, helps you to create a personal and emotional connection with the characters so that you can express the eloquent words of Shakespeare in your own voice.

Theatre of the oppressed

The thing that people in power are scared of the most is for those that they oppress finding a way to express themselves. This is the theatre of the oppressed. These workshops held in June and July feature fun and practical group exercises and activities, along with discussions of philosophy and politics of this medium.

Shakespeare Scene Study

This is a 3 day course in October aimed at taking one Shakespearean scene and working with others to present it. This is about understanding the context, mastering the language and uncovering the subtext in the piece to present it with precision, passion and presence.

Rehearsing a scene
Rehearsing a scene


Young Actors Shakespeare Intensive

Aimed at high school students, this program in July will put young aspiring actors through the exercises used by the ensemble, and teach them to utilize the techniques of Shakespearean actors. Get in early for the early bird price. The intensive course will be held at University of Queensland.

Inside the Geoffrey Rush Drama Study at the University of Queensland
Inside the Geoffrey Rush Drama Study at the University of Queensland


Dare to Share

Shakespeare is always performed in a social context. Dare to Share encourages the core ensemble and apprentices to perform a relevant text or piece that has helped them develop further understanding of the works they will be performing for the year. In 2020, it will be able gender fluidity.

Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing

These very popular annual productions in August and September are hosted in the Roma Street Parklands Theatre and uses the natural setting of the park to enhance the production. They are reasonably priced and feature plenty of music to give the production a great deal of energy.

Roma Street Parklands Amphitheater hosts QSE's annual Shakespeare in the Park production
Roma Street Parklands Amphitheater hosts QSE's annual Shakespeare in the Park production


In 202,0 it will be the popular Shakespearean Much Ado About Nothing, which rests on the problem of we can be tricked into thinking the wrong thing by hearsay while at the same time also examining gender roles and the assumptions people make about gender.

The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Band lends lots of music to productions
The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Band lends lots of music to productions
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