Welcome back to another term with Shakespeare Academy. Let's get straight to the good stuff. We are excited to share what we got up to over the holidays.

Pop-up Globe Giveaway

In our last newsletter, we announced our giveaway extravaganza for upcoming
performances at the Pop-up Globe in Sydney. Many of you registered for a free ticket, and should have received your ticket in class by now – we hope you’re excited, because we certainly are!
However, since we anticipated some of you would miss the deadline (despite multiple in-class announcements from May onwards), we purchased some extra tickets for the following performances:
  • The Merchant of Venice: Saturday 15 September @ 8pm (6 left)
  • Macbeth: Sunday 23 September @ 2pm (12 left)
  • Macbeth: Friday 12 October @ 2pm (6 left)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Sunday 30 September @ 2pm (14 left)
If you have not yet received a free ticket, please comment on this page to claim your ticket. The remaining tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis. Each student is allowed a maximum of one extra paid ticket for any friends or family who wish to attend. There will be no extra tickets after this allocation is exhausted, so act quickly! (Also: do pay attention to in-class announcements and deadlines in the future!)
Claim your ticket

Shakespeare Academy Visits Shakespeare’s England

Dr Lin returned to England for a short week from 29 July to 6 August in order to investigate some collaborative possibilities in the future, as well as to soak up a fair amount of theatrical and literary inspiration.

Here are some photos from the trip:
Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
Outside the Vaudeville Theatre for Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Inside Foyles, one of the largest independent bookshops in the world.
Home to The Royal Shakespeare Company.
The stage is set for John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, a Renaissance tragedy.

Student Achievements.

Year 6 Selective Schools Results

Congratulations to the following Year 6 students who studied reading and writing at Shakespeare Academy prior to their selective schools exams:
  • Alana Gao: Sydney Girls’ High School
  • Harris Gan: North Sydney Boys’ High School
  • Hywel Gan: North Sydney Boys’ High School
  • Nicole Zhou: Baulkham Hills High School
  • Penelope Jin: James Ruse Agricultural High School
Special congratulations go to Penelope, who got a whooping 20/20 for her writing. Well done, everyone!


Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

By Jessie Qin (Year 7)

On the 18th of July we went to the Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark play. It was on show at the Seymour Centre in the University of Sydney. We all met at the entrance and organised tickets fifteen minutes before the show began, and we sat near the front in the side rows. The play started in an unexpected way; that was when I found out it was a huge parody of the actual play which was super serious and tragic. It was just as immature as the actual Hamlet is serious.

It was literally filled with the lowest yet funniest degree of humour: fart jokes. It was actually quite funny at some point, when they introduced the ‘Brown Plague’, but near the middle, when they introduced Ophelia, it got too cringy for me to handle. Especially when they did that story and song about Ophelia being some sort of undead alien that came from another planet to get revenge on and kill Hamlet, whom she apparently used to love.

Even if the play was cringy and had lots of immature humour in it, there were some really funny parts that I really enjoyed. For example, when ‘Claudius’ totally reacted to Hamlet’s stupid play plan. He actually started to squirt slime guns everywhere and it was hilarious, because he got the children that were called to the stage to act to shoot slime too. And later, at the end of the play, when the actors told us to take a stuffed green doll out from under our seats and chuck them at the stage. Needless to say, everyone started chucking green dolls at the actors. But what made it really funny was that after they finished the play and talked about other things they were going to do, the little kids at the front kept tossing the dolls at them while stealing them from the stage to keep chucking them.

After we left the Seymour Centre, we had lunch at Sappho Books. The café was really vintage, and also sold second-hand books. Of course, my sister Nikki, took advantage of the colours and took a bunch of aesthetic photos with me and Angie. For Instagram, of course. The food was alright for me, but there was a super yummy chocolate ganache that I had for desert. After lunch we had a look upstairs at the books, then embarked on a twenty-minute journey to the train station that felt like half an hour. At the train station we said our goodbyes then departed to enjoy our holidays like normal people.
Here are some photos from the day:
Waiting for the show to start.
Walking to lunch.
Waiting to order.
Cats and books (and CDs)
That’s all for this time!

With best wishes,
The Shakespeare Academy Team
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