Penelope

Penelope A comedy in three acts In this elegant comedy of manners, Penelope O’Farrell discovers that her husband has been having an affair with an attractive married woman. Instead of lapsing into despair, she decides to employ some cunning strategies to save her marriage. Cast Penelope O’Farrell – Amanda Friday Dr. O’Farrell (Dickie) – Jeff…

Othello

The predominant theme in this Shakespearean tragedy, believed to have been written in about 1603, is jealousy and the destruction it causes when allowed to run rampant. It features one of Shakespeare’s most compelling villains, Iago, who skillfully manipulates his commander, Othello, into believing that he has been betrayed by his wife, Desdemona, and his…

MacBeth

At the center of each of the four great Shakespearean tragedies – Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello – is a powerful figure who is led to destruction by a fatal character flaw. In the case of Macbeth it is ambition. Initially a valiant warrior and staunch servant of his regal overlord Duncan, Macbeth succumbs…

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….

King Lear

Shakespeare’s King Lear ranks with Sophocles’ Oedipus as a tragic hero destroyed by his own good intentions. From the moment when Lear unfolds his darker purpose, we are drawn into an ineluctable chain of events that leads through betrayal, deceit, destructive family conflict, reconciliation, despair, and death. Considered by many to be the most grueling…

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…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A magical tale of love frustrated, tested, and finally triumphant, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has always been one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. It is also one of his most accessible, and its broad humor remains vivid and compelling to this day. On the serious side, as a dramatic examination of love in all its…