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All the World's a Stage

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death and to celebrate this landmark occasion, Shakespeare 400 Perth is hosting a FREE day of theatre shows, stalls, pop-up performances, music, food and roving entertainment.

This special one-day event will take place this Saturday 22nd October and held in the beautiful surrounds of the University of Western Australia from 12pm to 5pm.

During the afternoon, event-goers will be treated to a wonderful selection of immersive entertainment, including Shakespeare Shenanigans, Elizabethan music, a whole host of romantic Romeos and Juliets, Sonnets in Noongar from Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, immersive virtual reality experiences in The Globe Theatre, a sophisticated High Tea, children's activities and roving performers.

Staged in the glorious grounds and architecturally aesthetic buildings of UWA, the Shakespeare 400 Festival brings the history, education and entertainment of the Bard to audiences, both old and new.

Come and participate in a wide variety of activities and entertainment across numerous stages, including the highly anticipated Shakespeare's Globe Virtual Reality Experience from BEVIN Creative, where audiences get to step into the world of The Globe Theatre through a virtual reality headset.

If you have ever fancied declaring the famous balcony scene words of "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?", come and join in the community performance where participants will, in unison, follow along to the words from the script on a giant screen.

The beautiful sounds of Noongar language will also be heard during the festival as Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company present Shakespeare's Sonnets.

Rebecca Davis and Michelle Fornasier, Directors of Big Sky Entertainment, both agree that Perth will come alive with the sights and sounds of Shakespeare for Festival Day.

"As Shakespeare himself encouraged, the plan is to take theatre to the people, and that we shall do at UWA as we celebrate the life and works of William Shakespeare for the Shakespeare 400 Perth Festival," Rebecca Davis said.

"We hope that for some of the audiences who may have slept through their school Hamlet studies, that they will be converted as enthusiasts. The contemporary approach to traditional art forms such as sonnet performances and dancing throughout Festival Day will certainly awaken a new appreciation of Elizabethan life and times," Michelle Fornasier said.

Benjamin Bott, Director BEVIN Creative and co-producer of the festival, says, "Shakespeare was a true visionary and well ahead of his time, so it's been such a great experience modernising Shakespeare through our series of events this year. From children, teenagers, adults and grandparents, we've found a way to bring a touch of Shakespeare to the people of Perth in honour of this 400-year celebration, and as a co-producer and huge fan of the arts, it's been a true pleasure to be able to do this."

Since the festival's successful launch in April 2016, S400 Festival Perth has presented a sold-out Gala Launch at St Georges Cathedral on the eve of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, staged a packed out performance of Shakespeare Shenanigans and hosted pop-up street performances by community groups (aged 7-70) on WA Day weekend.

Don't miss this latest family-friendly event on Saturday 22 October 12pm to 5pm at The University of Western Australia, Stirling Highway Crawley.

Entry is FREE and most activities are FREE, while some are gold coin donation only.

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    When: 22 October, The University of Western Australia
    Where: The University of Western Australia
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