The Guild Theatre Rockdale are currently presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Donna Randall playing Titania and Hippolyta. The show promises to be a fresh take one of the Bard’s most popular and enduring plays, Donna has chatted to me about all things Shakespeare plus her own opinion of the Shakespeare oeuvre.

 

Joy – Have you had much experience performing Shakespeare, or is this your first time?

Donna – I’m pretty much a Shakespeare virgin, this is my first full length play but I’ve watched a lot and loved his work for a long time.

 

Joy – Some women object to Shakespeare on the grounds of his misogynist writing, and attitudes towards women. What do you think?

Donna – The only part of me that objects to Shakespeare’s attitudes towards women is whatever character I’m playing. Shakespeare wrote his plays over 400 years ago and they reflect the traditions and values of the time. He has given us such a wonderful gift to see the world through his eyes at such a powerful and colourful period in history – and let’s not forget who was sitting on the throne!

 

Joy – For your next project, the sky is the limit, you can work with anyone, living or dead. Who is your dream director to work with?

Donna -Quentin Tarantino

 

Joy – Who is your favourite actor, living or dead?

Donna – Meryl Streep

 

Joy – What’s next for you?

Donna – I like to relax and clear my head after a show, I find the universe blows me in whatever direction I need to go. I’m starting mandarin lessons next week so who knows…

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering its last week, with special State of Origin prices for those who want to give the footy a miss! For the special price of $15 for Wednesday night’s show, call 9521 6358. For more information on the Guild Theatre, see: http://www.guildtheatre.com.au/

 

 

This Month in Sydney

18 Oct - 4 Nov
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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, returning to the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 18 October – 4 November.

The iconic exhibition will see the coastline transformed into a two kilometre long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

Aqualand proudly returns for its third year as Principal Sponsor, along with the prestigious Aqualand Sculpture Award, which has increased to AUD70,000 in 2018 and will be awarded to an exhibiting artist whose sculpture will be gifted for permanent public enjoyment in Sydney.

In 2017, Aqualand’s sponsorship was renewed for an additional five years and is the most significant in the exhibition’s history, continuing to support the growth of the iconic Bondi exhibition.

As one of Sydney’s most beloved and photographed events, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts over 500,000 visitors over the course of 18 days and signals the beginning of summer in Sydney.