THINK YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR SHAKESPEARE? THINK AGAIN!

Returning in 2020, the ever-popular SHAKESPEARE’S SHORTS continue to entertain audiences young and old across a range of festivals and events throughout the year.

Shakespeare’s Shorts are fast and funny half-hour versions of the original scripts, delivered with QSE’s trademark clarity and accessibility, and featuring trained, experienced actors.

“You (individually and collectively) engaged the audience and drew us in. It made for a really enjoyable time. Hopefully, some of the children will now look on Shakespeare as Something more than obscure plays in a funny language.”
Audience member at Shakespeare’s Shorts at the Markets, 2016

EXPRESS MACBETH

Spins the murder, betrayal and madness of the Scottish Play into a tale of fun, frivolity and… well, madness!

HALF-HOUR HAMLET

Takes out all the procrastination – the tragedy is performed in 20 minutes, then in 7 minutes, and again in just 3!

INSTANT ROMEO & JULIET

Turns the tragedy of the star-crossed lovers into a high-paced comedy with plenty of wooden-sword-buckling!

Would you like to bring Shakespeare’s Shorts to your community or corporate event?

Just fill out this booking form or email shakespeareshorts@qldshakespeare.org for more info    

“Wonderfully fun & energetic performances, all our guests enjoyed it immensely!”
Athena Corbally, Jester Hill Wines

These half-hour pieces have been specifically designed to be performed in a variety of public and private venues, and are entirely portable and adaptable:

  • Our approach makes Shakespeare fun, accessible and easy to understand.
  • Our actors are professional and experienced.
  • All of our shows include some gentle audience interaction.
  • We can tailor the Shorts to suit different age-groups, from kids to adults.
  • We bring everything that’s needed with us – sets, props and costumes.
  • No mics are required; our actors undergo voice-training and arrive warmed-up.
  • Our performance space requirements are a mere 5m x 5m minimum.
2020 Shakespeare’s Shorts Team

Director: Rebecca Murphy 

The Half-Hour Hamlet

Ellen Hardisty – Hamlet

Liliana Macarone – Horatio, Polonius

John Siggers – Claudius, Ghost

Rebecca Murphy – Gertrude, Ophelia

Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn – Laertes, Marcellus

Express Macbeth 

John Siggers – Macbeth

Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn – Lady Macbeth/Witch 1

Rebecca Murphy – Banquo / Ross / Messenger 2 

Liliana Macarone – Macduff / Murderer / Messenger 1 / Witch 2 

Instant Romeo & Juliet

Ellen Hardisty – Mercutio, Friar Laurence

Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn – Prince, Juliet, Apothecary

Rebecca Murphy – Tybalt, Nurse, Balthasar

John Siggers – Romeo, Lady Capulet

Past Performances
  • The closing of the historic Avalon Theatre in St. Lucia
  • The University of Queensland’s Open Days and 2010 Centenary celebrations
  • A corporate development event for the international Young Presidents Organization
  • Abbey Tournament – medieval fayre
  • Chermside, Sunnybank, Mt Gravatt and Indooroopilly public libraries
  • Various schools throughout Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, and Far North Queensland
  • Brookfield Country Show
  • Jester Hill Wines
  • The Queensland Multicultural Festivals
  • Queensland Young Lawyers Association and Queensland Law Society functions
  • Maleny Arts Council
  • Woodford Folk Festival
  • Surfers Paradise Festival
  • The 4MBS Shakespeare Festivals
  • Anywhere Theatre Festival
  • UQ Theatre Festival 2018
  • Davies Park Markets
  • The Gap Farmer’s Markets
  • St John’s Cathedral

“This show was one of the coolest/ happiest/ unique things I’ve seen at any markets for ages!
My kids and I loved it.”
Audience member at Shakespeare’s Shorts at the Markets, 2016

For info on bringing Shakespeare’s Shorts to your school click here