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Essential Theatre and Three Birds Theatre
Contact : Sophie Lampel
"Essential Theatre delivers the gravity and depth behind the words superbly, & electrify their modest space. Shakespeare would be proud ★★★★" Edinburgh Guide '17 Three Birds Theatre "Sharp as a razor, very witty, very funny & beautifully directed with much visual humour" Stage Whispers '16 “Kachoyan’s direction is quite breathtaking..Rarely is a vision so perfectly realised” Stage Whispers '16
Enter Ophelia is an exciting collaboration between two energetic female led theatre companies and an experienced and dynamic dramaturg. Each party brings with them a unique skill. Essential Theatre is known best for their innovative interpretations of Shakespeare, Three Birds Theatre are best known for their provoking, physical and highly entertaining new works, and John Kachoyan is reputed as a writer/director with great sensitivity and sensibility. Enter Ophelia uses Shakespeare as the catalyst to create this original piece, it will be a brilliant mash up of traditional Shakespearean text and contemporary language - witty, tragic and provocative. Plucking Ophelia from her “sewing closet”, stifled by a father, a lover and a brother, amidst the male-dominated “prison” of Denmark, this work will drop Ophelia into a contemporary setting where she will finally be given the chance to have her own voice.
History & background
Essential Theatre are best known for Shakespeare in the Vines, a national tour of Shakespearian comedies to wineries across Australia. The company has successfully sustained this tour for 16 years and sees first hand the positive effects of art visiting regional communities. Each year returning audience members express their gratitude and delight for our productions. Touring is an incredibly satisfying and challenging artistic venture and we see first hand that it is a win win for audience and performers alike. It is and will continue to be a major part of our operations.
Marketing selling points
This is a dynamic and unique collaboration. Essential Theatre are leaders within the theatrical landscape having recently come back from a successful international tour to Edinburgh garnering 5 star reviews. Three Birds Theatre are passionate young VCA graduates, recently acknowledged with a Green Room nomination for their work. This is the first time these companies have come together to create this Australian premiere. Drawing from the traditional world of Shakespeare, Enter Ophelia will surprise audiences with it's dark dramatic turns and fantastical comic moments.
Key audience and marketing notes
This piece has a wide appeal and the marketing net can be thrown over a large demographic. Audiences that traditionally enjoy and follow Shakespeare will be intrigued to see what this new work does with Shakespeare's infamous role, Ophelia. Curiosity will be sparked to see how the plight of our Ophelia parallels with women in 2018. It will also appeal to those interested in new Australian works and female led story telling. Audiences who follow Essential Theatre's Shakespeare in the Vines tour, reaching close to 8000 people each summer, will also be interested in this new work.
Community Engagement activities
Workshops, educator kits and master classes will be made available if requested. We can offer - 2 x 2 hour masterclasses to mid-senior high school students and to local theatre adult theatre companies Workshop 1 - masterclass in Shakespeare language, text analysis, themes and archetypes Workshop 2 - physical improvisation, creating character, clowning Our ensemble all have a vast array of experience which will ensure workshops will be creatively engaging and thought provoking
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|Technical specifications||Download Now|
|Theatre formats||Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust, Flat Floor, Hall|
|Bump in (hours)||4|
|Bump out (hours)||1|
A default lighting state with the capacity to alter between 5 lighting states
Simple PA system
Minimal staging requirements. Our production is currently in development. We have a season at La Mama Theatre in early 2018. Future staging requirements will be based on that season
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Depth: 8||Wing space:|
1 x Commuter van 8 x seater people mover