Theatre has been an integral part of storytelling for thousands of years. While the form has evolved, the basic concept of a community coming together to be entertained, informed and challenged by a live performance of written text is still relevant and can often be an exhilarating experience. Shakespeare was the ultimate master of the form. He took myth, history and folklore and from them created enduring original stories that have inspired storytellers for generations.
In Hamlet, Shakespeare tells us 'We know what we are, but know not what we may be'. This inspirational line is core to the mission of Bell Shakespeare, an outstanding Australian theatre company. Its vision is to create theatre that allows audiences of all walks of life to see themselves reflected and transformed through the prism of great writing. Bell Shakespeare is Australia's only national touring theatre company. It has an extensive national education campaign that brings Shakespeare and storytelling to life for children in schools throughout the country.
Bell Shakespeare is an Australian success story. With the retirement of John Bell at the end of 2015, the company will continue to innovate under the artistic leadership of Peter Evans, bringing Shakespeare and his themes to life in a modern context.
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ACTORS IN RESIDENCE
The WeirAnderson Foundation has supported Bell Shakespeare for many years, with our particular interest being in the education program. It has supported an Actors in Residence program in several girls' schools in western Sydney for a number of years, covered in the Sydney Morning Herald.