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Soothplayers: Completely Improvised Shakespeare

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Billowed sleeves and pantaloons make a great night of comedy
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Trades Hall, Shakespeare, Soothplayers, Improvisation, Theatre, Old Council Chambers
The Soothplayers Ensemble


Head thee to ye Olde Council Chambers at Trades Hall to see the Soothplayers Completely Improvised Shakespeare resurrect The Bard at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Book your tickets here.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Trades Hall, Shakespeare, Soothplayers, Improvisation, Theatre, Old Council Chambers
Soothplayers - Completely Improvised Shakespeare


Sporting billowed sleeves and pantaloons and a live minstrel, this talented ensemble present an Elizabethan experience like no other. On entry, you feel as if you have entered another world, as you are greeted by the actors in Shakespearian language and see them warming up and preparing for the show, as they would in Elizabethan times.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Trades Hall, Shakespeare, Soothplayers, Improvisation, Theatre, Old Council Chambers
Caleb the Minstrel


The audience is asked three questions 1) What is your favourite colour? 2) What is your favourite Shakespearian play? 3) What is your favourite sport?

On this particular night, the audience responses were 'green, Macbeth, and Wrestlemania'. But this did not phase the 'Soothplayers' for within seconds they were able to produce a wacky and hilarious version of Hamlet where Horatio fails to meet his father's expectations of masculinity and to prove himself consults the witches from Macbeth, to assist him to win a match of 'Wrestlemania' and prove his manhood.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Trades Hall, Shakespeare, Soothplayers, Improvisation, Theatre, Old Council Chambers
Soothplayers - Completely Improvised Shakespeare


As you can imagine, the plot gets tricky and the audience are in raptures with the absurdity of the relationships that pursue. However, the ensemble never misses a beat and improvises this tale without dropping lines or character.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Trades Hall, Shakespeare, Soothplayers, Improvisation, Theatre, Old Council Chambers
Pantaloons and billowed sleeves


Make sure you get to Soothplayers, 'Completely Improvised Shakespeare' this comedy festival. Even if you were not a fan of Shakespeare at school, you may be converted after this show. It's a lot of fun, and hey, you might even invest in your own pair of pantaloons.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Trades Hall, Shakespeare, Soothplayers, Improvisation, Theatre, Old Council Chambers
Soothplayers Official Comedy Festival poster

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When: 7.00 pm, Mon, Tues, Thurs to Sat, 6:00 pm Sundays
Phone: 1300 660 013
Where: Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall Melbourne
Cost: $20.00 - $25.00
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