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S3 Ep8: Ben Crystal

S3 Ep8: Ben Crystal

September 27, 2022

This week on Speak The Speech, we are joined by actor, author and creative producer, Ben Crystal. Ben performs a speech from The Winter’s Tale and shares his knowledge of received and original pronunciation in Shakespeare’s works. He also talks about Shakespearean rehearsal and production practices, examines the evolution of Shakespeare’s verse over his career, and discusses the process of creating his acclaimed co-authorship of Shakespeare’s Words.  

Ben Crystal is an actor, author and creative producer, and explorer of original practices in Shakespeare rehearsal and production. He is the co-author of Shakespeare’s Words, The Shakespeare Miscellany and An Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare. He also wrote the Springboard Shakespeare series for Arden, and his first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast was shortlisted for the Educational Writer of the Year Award. From 2014 to 2016 he was invited with his father, David Crystal, to explore original pronunciation (OP) in the newly finished Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe.  

He is a special advisor to the Shakespeare North Playhouse, a patron of Shakespeare Week and the founder of the international Shakespeare Ensemble, which makes full-scale productions in 5 days or less. He’s travelled the world teaching and performing Shakespeare, and has delivered speeches for the British Council, TEDx, and universities worldwide. 

S3 Ep7: Sarah Blasko

S3 Ep7: Sarah Blasko

September 13, 2022

This week on Speak The Speech, we are joined by Australian singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer Sarah Blasko. Recorded live in Sydney in June 2022, in this episode Sarah gives us a sneak peek into her work composing for our 2023 production of Twelfth Night, discusses how her upbringing influenced her artistry, the process of collaborating and writing music for stage, and even performs some songs!

Sarah Blasko has released six studio albums as a solo artist, including What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have, As Day Follows Night, and I Awake, all of which reached the top 10 in the ARIA album charts. She is a three-time ARIA Award winner – for Best Pop Release, Best Female Artist and Best Adult Alternative. As Day Follows Night also won Triple J’s Album of the Year and is listed at No. 19 in the book 100 Best Australian Albums. In 2008 she wrote the music for Bell Shakespeare’s production of Hamlet directed by Marion Potts. In 2023, she will write the music for Bell Shakespeare’s 2023 production of Twelfth Night, directed by Heather Fairbairn. 

 

S3 Ep6: David McInnis

S3 Ep6: David McInnis

August 30, 2022

“The play is a living, thriving organism that changes day to day.” 

This week on Speak The Speech, we are joined by award-winning scholar, David McInnis. David performs an excerpt from Macbeth and discusses the dramatic convention of witches, what rehearsal and performance would have looked like Shakespeare’s time, analyses Shakespeare in comparison with other works of the time and his experience editing Shakespeare. 

David is currently Associate Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Shakespeare and Lost Plays, for Cambridge University Press, and Mind-Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern England, for Palgrave. He’s also edited Thomas Dekker’s Old Fortunatus for the Revels Plays series, and Dekker’s If this be not a good play, the devil is in it for the Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama. He is co-founder and editor of the Lost Plays Database and has edited a number of books including Lost Plays in Shakespeare’s England, Loss and the Literary Culture of Shakespeare’s Time, and Shakespeare and Virtual Reality. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC and the Australian Book Review and he is currently editing Timon of Athens for the Arden Shakespeare 4th series. 

S3 Ep5: Matu Ngaropo

S3 Ep5: Matu Ngaropo

August 16, 2022

This week on Speak The Speech we are joined by Matu Ngaropo. Matu performs and unpacks Othello’s speech from Act 1, Scene 3.  He shares how Māori culture and language influences his approach to Shakespeare, the experience of performing at Shakespeare’s Globe in traditional Māori dress and language, and the parallels between the musical Hamilton and Shakespeare’s plays and much more. 

Matu Ngaropo is a graduate of Toi Whakaari, New Zealand’s premier drama school. On stage he’s played Othello for Centrepoint Theatre, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet for Downstage Theatre, Guildenstern in Hamlet, Macduff in Macbeth and Angelo in The Comedy of Errors for the Pop-Up Globe, as well as Achilles in The Māori Troilus and Cressida at the Globe Theatre in London. He’s also appeared in Disney’s The Lion King and performed at Rugby World Cups in New Zealand, France and Japan. His musical act, The Modern Māori Quartet, has toured to China, Australia, London, Edinburgh and New York. His screen credits  Shortland Street, Korero Mai and Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby. He is currently playing George Washington in the Australian cast of the smash-hit musical Hamilton. 

S3 Ep4: Jess Chambers

S3 Ep4: Jess Chambers

August 2, 2022

This week on Speak The Speech, we are joined by voice, dialect and text coach Jess Chambers. In this episode, Jess discusses what drew her to voice and text coaching, what it’s like to prepare a company of actors vocally to perform in different circumstances, her work with children on Matilda the Musical, how studying speech pathology informs her practice, and her best pieces of advice for vocalising Shakespeare.  

Jess Chambers works internationally as a voice, dialect and text coach. For Bell Shakespeare she has been the voice coach on over a dozen productions including Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Miser and Richard III 

Her other voice coaching credits include Matilda the Musical in Australia and London, Alice In Wonderland, Sweet Charity, and Pygmalion for The Shaw Festival Theatre in Canada, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Real Thing and How To Rule The World for Sydney Theatre Company. 

She was dialect coach on Moulin Rouge! The Musical, School of Rock, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables and The Sound Of Music. Her screen credits include Frayed and The Unlisted for the ABC, and the film Hacksaw Ridge.   

S3 Ep3: Janine Watson

S3 Ep3: Janine Watson

July 19, 2022

“The Comedy of Errors – the received perception of it is lightweight, thin, a bit of fluff, a diversion; actually it is quite the opposite... it is a play about people trying to find themselves, and connect to love. “ 

This week on Speak The Speech, we are joined by award-winning actor and director Janine Watson. 
In this episode, Janine discusses directing and discovering the complexities, nuances and physicality of The Comedy of Errors. She shares the process of transitioning into directing from acting, how a cast recreates a performance night after night on tour and the balance between collaboration and leadership in the rehearsal room. 

Janine is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne and has trained with the SITI Company in New York and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. For Bell Shakespeare she’s appeared in Antony and Cleopatra and The Dream, and directed a production of Romeo and Juliet for young audiences. This year she directed Bell Shakespeare’s national tour of The Comedy of Errors. In 2016 she won the inaugural Sandra Bates Directing Award at the Ensemble Theatre and went on to direct Unqualified, Nearer the Gods and Unqualified 2 for the company. In 2018 she won a GLUG Award for Best Supporting Actress for Red Line’s A View from the Bridge, and was also nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award. In 2020, she won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Female Performer in an Independent Production for The Happy Prince, produced by Little Ones Theatre.   

S3 Ep2: Maitland Schnaars

S3 Ep2: Maitland Schnaars

July 5, 2022

This week on Speak The Speech, we are joined by one of Western Australia’s premier Indigenous contemporary theatre artists, Maitland Schnaars. In this episode, Maitland discusses his role in the 2022 touring production of The Comedy of Errors and the physicality of Shakespeare’s works. He also shares his experience of working in contemporary and traditional Noongar dance, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s production of Hecate, and what it would be like to tour Noongar language works out of Country. Maitland Schnaars co-founded the international theatre company Corazon de Vaca and has performed and co-created a number of their productions, both in Spain and in Perth, Australia. He has recently performed in productions for Black Swan Theatre Company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, a co-production for Queensland Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre Company, a national tour for Tasmania Performs and assistant directed and performed for WAYTCO (Western Australian Youth Theatre Company).  

He has worked with many independent theatre companies in Perth and continues to work with artists from various backgrounds such as dance, multimedia and music. In 2016, he won Performing Arts WA Best Actor award. He is also a member of Wadumbah Noongah Dance Group.  

Find out more about Bell Shakespeare online: https://www.bellshakespeare.com.au/ and follow us on socials @bellshakespeare 

S3 Ep1: Andy Griffiths

S3 Ep1: Andy Griffiths

June 21, 2022

Welcome to season three of Bell Shakespeare’s podcast Speak The Speech! In this episode, Andy Griffiths talks to host James Evans about writing his Shakespeare adaptions Just Macbeth! and Just Romeo & Juliet!, how he inserts himself into his work, workshopping his plays and watching them come to life, the parallels between Macbeth and Hamlet, and his crucial collaborative relationships. Recorded live from Melbourne in May 2022. Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. His writing credits include The Day My Bum Went Psycho and the following trilogy; his extensive collaborations with illustrator Terry Denton including the Just series and the Treehouse series have sold over 10 million copies worldwide, won 80 children’s choice awards and 10 Australian Book Industry Awards—including Book of the Year for The 52-Storey Treehouse in 2015. Five of his books have been adapted for the stage and have all had sell-out seasons at Sydney Opera House, as well as highly successful tours through the Netherlands, New Zealand, and America. He is a passionate advocate for literacy and in 2015 was awarded the Dromkeen Medal to honour his outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. He is also an ambassador for both The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Pyjama Foundation.

Find out more about Bell Shakespeare online: https://www.bellshakespeare.com.au/ and follow us on socials @bellshakespeare

S2 Ep12: Grace Truman

S2 Ep12: Grace Truman

August 31, 2021

In the final episode of Season Two of Speak The Speech Grace Truman join us to perform and talk about Beatrice’s speech from Act 4 Scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing. Grace shares her experience as a young actor, juggling school and performing, and how Shakespeare can articulate any emotion you are feeling. Grace Truman is an actor and writer. She made her professional theatre debut at the age of 14 in the National Theatre of Parramatta’s production of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam, reprising the role in 2020 for Belvoir. For Bell Shakespeare she has appeared in Titus Andronicus. Grace co-created, wrote and starred in the acclaimed web series amazing Grace. She has won numerous awards, including Best Female Performance at the London International Web Fest, an Award of Excellence at IndieFest USA, and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Sydney Theatre Awards.

S2 Ep11: Kyle Morrison

S2 Ep11: Kyle Morrison

August 17, 2021

Kyle Morrison joins us on Speak The Speech to perform Duke Senior’s speech from Act 2 Scene 1 of As You Like It. He talks about building cultural legacy through art, his passion for decolonising Shakespeare and what it’s like to be putting on a play during a pandemic. Kyle is a Noongar man, an actor and director. From 2009 to 2019 he was Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, and was the creative instigator of Hecate, the Noongar retelling of Macbeth, which premiered at the Perth Festival in 2020. His performance in that show won him Best Supporting Actor at the Performing Arts WA Awards. His directing credits include Honey SpotMother’s Tongue, Kaarla Kaatijin, SkyLab (with Black Swan Theatre Company) The Cake Man (with Belvoir), Sista Girl (with the State Theatre Company of South Australia), King Hit (awarded WA’s Best Production of 2015), and Ice Land: A Hip-h’Opera. He'll soon be appearing as Oberon in Bell Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

S2 Ep10: Gabrielle Scawthorn

S2 Ep10: Gabrielle Scawthorn

August 3, 2021

Gabrielle Scawthorn joins us to perform Helena’s soliloquy from the opening scene of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She talks about playing Helena, creating her own work, what it’s like to audition with food poisoning and why her dream Shakespeare role may be an unconventional choice. Gabrielle Scawthorn is an actor and writer. She is a three-time Sydney Theatre Award nominee and appears as Helena in Bell Shakespeare’s 2021 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her previous theatre credits include The Apologists at Omnibus Theatre in London; E-Baby and Blood Bank for the Ensemble Theatre; Stop Kiss at ATYP; The Village Bike at The Old Fitz and The Sound of Waiting for Darlinghurst Theatre. She is the host of the popular podcast Back From Reality which explores the world of reality television and the impact that it has on the lives of its participants. 

You can follow Gabrielle on Instagram @gjosca and listen to Back to Reality here.

You can find out more about Bell Shakespeare’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream here.

S2 Ep9: Penny Gay

S2 Ep9: Penny Gay

July 20, 2021
Professor Penny Gay joins us on Speak The Speech to perform and talk about Rosalind’s speech from Act 4 Scene 1 of As You Like It. Penny and James discuss women in Shakespeare, why Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing is Penny’s favourite character and how performing in a Shakespeare play at university changed the course of her academic life. Penny Gay is Professor Emerita in English and Drama at the University of Sydney. Her major research interest is in performance history, and she’s currently writing about Shakespeare performance history in Australia. Her publications include As She Likes It: Shakespeare’s Unruly Women, The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s Comedies, Teaching Shakespeare Beyond the Centre, and Jane Austen and the Theatre. She has edited Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice for publication, and has contributed numerous essays to collections like the Cambridge Companions and Oxford Handbooks.
S2 Ep 8: Paula Arundell

S2 Ep 8: Paula Arundell

July 6, 2021

In this episode Paula Arundell joins James to perform and discuss Richard Gloucester’s speech from Act 3 of Henry VI Part 3. They speak about the complexity of a ‘villain’ and how actors approach such characters in the rehearsal room. Paula recounts her extensive career in Australia, from early Shakespeare performances to her current role as Hermione in the Melbourne production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Paula Arundell is a multi-award-winning actor who has worked with Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and Ensemble Theatre.

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