The Merchant of Venice
Justice, mercy, power, money, bigotry, vengeance
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Streamed Shakespeare is excited to announce its first fully rehearsed and memorised show, The Merchant of Venice, with three performances being streamed online.
Best-selling author, former broadcaster and arts marketing whizz Geoff Sirmai will star as Shylock, the merchant himself. Jess Loudon, who scored rave reviews for her appearances at the Pop-Up Globe and Sydney Fringe show The Works of Shakespeare by Chicks, plays Portia to Kogarah-based American actor and director Haki Pepo Olu Crisden (who helmed Titus) as Antonio.
As directed by Roslyn Hicks, each lead will perform the famous tragedy via Zoom. But the show will be digitally stitched together involving animated backgrounds, visual effects and a full musical score, almost akin to a movie. The themes of tolerance versus inclusion, revenge versus reconciliation layered through the Bard’s complex drama promises to be as riveting as ever in these highly charged times.
The digital season streams live on Friday, August 21 at 11.45am, Saturday, August 22 at 7pm and Sunday, August 23 at 2pm.
This live show will also be catered to NSW secondary schools with a matinee performance followed by a live educational post show Q&A with the stars and the director. Schools discounts available on request - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can check out previous performances here.
Presented by Streamed Shakespeare