Hamlet

The Online Stage presents Shakespeare’s most famous and most quoted play, a revenge drama which explores the inevitable conflict between conscience and justice, between morality and obligation. The tragedy arises, not from an obvious weakness in the character of Hamlet, but rather from his inability to deal with an apparently insoluble moral dilemma. The role…

The Time Is Not Yet Ripe

Louis Esson is considered to be the first great Australian dramatist. The political comedy The Time is Not Yet Ripe was first produced in 1912 and is one of his best known works. Doris, daughter of the incumbent prime minister, Sir Joseph Quiverton, has news for her father – she has just become engaged. Much…

The League of Youth

Often considered to be Ibsen’s most popular play in his lifetime, The League of Youth caused fighting in the streets, with conservatives claiming it was an attack on their party and liberals claiming it was an attack on theirs! A thought-provoking comedy that’s sure to feel shockingly familiar. Unusually for Ibsen, this play has a…

The Forever Pill

When Drake is told that his beloved wife does not have long to live, he clutches at straws for anything that will prolong her life. A mysterious stranger offers him a cure for his wife’s illness that appears to be remarkably effective – but, like many miracles, it comes at a cost. Cast: Drake –…

The Winter’s Tale

At the opening of this late Shakespearean drama, Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, has been the longtime guest of Leontes and Hermione, the king and queen of Sicily. When the time comes for Polixenes to leave, Leontes urges him to stay longer. At first Polixenes refuses, but soon he yields to the entreaties of Hermione….

Four One-Act Plays

Louis Esson is considered to be the first great Australian dramatist. As with most of his work, these four plays depict life from the view of the common man and provide vivid presentations of life, both urban and rural, in Australia before the First World War. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible?…

Australian Ballads

In the introduction, anthologist Douglas Sladen stated that the purpose of this collection was “to lay before the English public a selection of poems inspired by life and scenery in Australia”. He further comments, “This volume is essentially the work of people who have meditated in the open air and not under the lamp; and…

Moop Saves Christmas

Santa is in trouble – he catches a cold at the most inconvenient time of the year. As he rests in bed, he ponders anxiously: Who will deliver the presents this year? Cast: Narrator – Jennifer Fournier Santa – Ron Altman Edna – Michele Eaton Doctor – Joseph Tabler Moop – Jeff Moon Blitzen –…

Last Christmas

A new twist on the theme of A Christmas Carol. Harrison, an embittered scientist who has access to time travel, wants to remove Christmas from the pages of history. Fortunately for humanity, his senior colleague, Horowitz has other ideas. Cast: Peter Tucker as Harrison Victor Bazarov as the Innkeeper Chris Marcellus as Joseph Libby Stephenson…

Antigone

Antigone by Sophocles. Translated by Sir George Young. Presented by the Online Stage. Sophocles (497 BC-406 BC), Aeschylus, and Euripides formed a trio of ancient Greek tragedians whose works represent the foundation of the Western tradition of classic drama. Of the more than 100 plays written by Sophocles, seven have survived to the present day….