The Bakehouse Bard next project for STAG

By Tara Whitsed

Shepparton Theatre Arts Group is venturing into the literary world of Shakespeare with its first theatrical offering for next year.

A veritable feast for the Shakespeare enthusiast in us all, The Bakehouse Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Mashup will serve up some of his most beloved monologues and duologues as audiences are taken on a roving journey through the grounds of the Bakehouse, culminating in more performances that will be created inside STAG’s own little Black Box Globe.

STAG’s Aaron David Palmer encouraged interested performers and crew aged 18 years or over to attend an information night on Thursday, November 8, at 17 Wheeler St, Shepparton, to register their enthusiastic interest in being involved with the project.

Performances will include some of Shakespeare’s most performed works such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream while also visiting other greats such as King Lear, Othello and Henry IV.

Mr Palmer said performers were encouraged to audition with gender neutrality in mind.

‘‘If there is a monologue/duologue that is written for a gender that is different to which you identify, don’t let this dissuade you,’’ he said.

‘‘The creative team will reserve the right to determine which monologues need to be performed in the gender they were written, but are open to many other possibilities, too.’’

The Bakehouse Bard will be directed by Gemma Marchant, assisted by Brandon Armstrong and Jayden Yosh and performed in early February.

Auditions will be held on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17.