Festival brings the Bard to the park

Preparing for their performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in Sandgate are Matthew Filkins (Cassius), Loretta Kung (Soothsayer) and Jack Henry (Caesar).
Preparing for their performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in Sandgate are Matthew Filkins (Cassius), Loretta Kung (Soothsayer) and Jack Henry (Caesar). Contributed

THE world of William Shakespeare will come to life in Sandgate at Shakespeare by the Bay this Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1.

The 11th annual festival organised by 4MBS Classic FM will feature stories for kids, play readings and swordplay before culminating in an afternoon performance of Julius Caesar in Einbunpin Lagoon parkland.

Festival producer Gary Thorpe said, "4MBS Classic FM likes to make the great classics accessible to everyone no matter where they live.

"I am looking forward to bringing this terrific production with a great cast of professional actors to Sandgate. It is such a relaxed atmosphere in the park, we always have a great time.

"Last year was the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and he is still the most performed playwright in the world.

Shakespeare is an important part of our culture - many words and expressions we use today were created by Shakespeare.

"Without knowing it we are surrounded by Shakespeare's influence.

"We chose Julius Caesar for this year's Shakespeare Festival because it has a timeless message about power and the abuse of power - a message that is as relevant today as it was in ancient Rome.

"In Sandgate Town Hall we are also presenting a play reading of Antony and Cleopatra - another study of power and its consequences.

"Shakespeare created some of the greatest plays ever written. Shakespeare by the Bay brings them to Sandgate for everyone to enjoy in a relaxed afternoon in the park.

"It's a great day out and it's free.”

The festival starts at 11am on Saturday with Kids' Classic Shakespeare at Sandgate Library, where Shakespeare's stories will be adapted for kids and performed by local actors.

At noon enjoy Shakespeare: When In Rome in Sandgate Town Hall, with Brisbane Shakespeare Festival troupe actors performing readings on Antony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar with commentary and music.

On Sunday in Einbunpin Lagoon there will be swordplay by members of Prima Spada School of Fence from 1.30pm, followed by the performance of Julius Caesar at 2.30pm.

Bring a rug or chair. There will be a sausage sizzle and cakes and drinks to purchase and free face painting.

Topics:  einbunpin lagoon julius caesar

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