shakespeare republic

Ranked in the TOP 10 web series in the world and the Most Awarded Anthology Series globally in 2021 (#6 out of 800+ web series around the world, at #2 in Australia) according to number of awards the third season of the series has received from the Top 20 webfests around the globe (2021 Web Series World Cup).

Created, adapted and directed by Australian actor, Sally McLean and produced by Incognita EnterprisesShakespeare Republic is an internationally award-winning, female-led and culturally diverse anthology short form TV series currently in its third season that celebrates not just the world’s greatest playwright, but also his insightful understanding of the big issues of his time. Insights that still hold relevance today and form the basis for a truly diverse, inventive and epic journey into the nature of being human.

Starring over 30 actors from six different countries, including Michala Banas, Nadine Garner, Alan Fletcher, Dean Haglund, Christopher Kirby, Miguel Perez, Laura Gardner, Frank Collison, Dominic Brewer, Caris Vujcec, Rowena Hutson, among others, Shakespeare Republic is an exploration of the works of William Shakespeare and his fellow Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights, with the aim of rediscovering, reinvigorating and occasionally re-interpreting these universal observations in a modern setting, through the lens of current events and social issues of our time.

Shakespeare Republic creator/director, Sally McLean’s first academic published work on Shakespeare, an essay exploring her methodology behind Shakespeare Republic and Shakespeare performance in general, was published in the UK by Routledge Press in 2020 as part of the academic collection, Playfulness In Shakespearean Adaptations edited by Marina Gerzic (The University of Western Australia) and Aidan Norrie (Warwick University, UK). The third season of the series has been taught at Syracuse University, USA, was the subject of several paper presentations from academics at the Shakespeare Association of America and British Shakespeare Association Conferences (among others) and also has an entire chapter dedicated to exploring McLean’s process and the impact of the series in the academic collection, Lockdown Shakespeare: New Evolutions in Performance and Adaptation (2022) published as part of the Arden Shakespeare collection in the UK by Bloomsbury Press.

All three seasons of the main series (2015-2020) are also included in the official curated collection at the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia in Canberra. The series was additionally featured in their web series showcase in 2020 and named as an “Acquisition Highlight” in their 2018 Annual Report.

Shakespeare Republic … All the world’s a stage …

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