“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
Bell Shakespeare’s latest tale of greed, corruption and dark magic – Macbeth, is coming to campus and staff can watch the gripping tale for free.
As part of the Community Partnerships Program, UWA has partnered with Australia’s premier theatre company to bring their acclaimed productions to the Octagon Theatre. UWA is only Bell’s third partner after Melbourne Arts Centre and Sydney Opera House.
This annual production is aimed at school groups, and not usually available to the general public. However, as part of the partnership, staff and students can attend any of the five performances at no cost.
“This partnership provides UWA a new way to engage with local high schools at a critical time when young people are still making decisions about where they study,” says Rob Lines, Manager of University Theatres.
“Thousands of students will enjoy the show and experience the campus. Bell Shakespeare’s work is innovative, intellectually rigorous and of the highest quality – that’s why they’re such a good fit with UWA,” he says.
Rob says last year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was enthusiastically received.
“The feedback was fantastic, one teacher said the performance had created a new generation of Shakespeare fans, which is absolutely why this partnership is so important,” he says.
The partnership is supported by the Community Partnerships Program, UWA’s strategic scheme to develop partnerships that create positive change for the community. UWA’s Aspire program will also receive 100 free tickets for high school students who would otherwise be unlikely to experience live theatre, let alone Shakespeare, to such a high standard. The partnership has also created undergraduate internships through University Theatres.
The 90-minute performances are at the Octagon Theatre on:
- Wednesday 30 August at 10am and 1pm
- Thursday 31 August at 10am and 6.30pm
- Friday 1 September at 1pm
Tickets cannot be bought or reserved and are not available to the public. Staff and students will be admitted to a performance as long as there are available seats. More information is available here.