LISTEN > Actor Meredith Penman on her silent role in Persona, now on at Belvoir

Persona production still by Ellis Parrinder

[Karen Sibbing and Meredith Penman. Persona production still by Ellis Parrinder.}

Persona is a play with lofty ambitions – a stage adaptation of a film by Swedish legend Ingmar Bergman. Last year, Adena Jacobs’ staging of Bergman’s film played in Melbourne to rave reviews – so successful it is now back, playing at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre.

Meredith Penman, star of Persona, joined us to talk about taking on the role of Elizabeth Vogler, a renowned actress who suddenly, mysteriously falls silent during a performance of Elektra. Persona is currently playing at Belvoir until 18 August

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LISTEN > Director Liam Egan on taking on a classic in I Hate Hamlet

This week UTS Backstage is bringing I Hate Hamlet to the Darlinghurst Theatre, Potts Point. The performance follows Andrew Rally, a successful television actor who has been offered the highly coveted role of playing Hamlet in Central Park. At first glance Andrew appears to have it all: the starring role in a hit TV series, a rich and beautiful girlfriend, the perfect New York apartment and the chance to play Hamlet…but Andrew’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems. The combination of a cancelled TV series, his 23 year old girlfriend refusing to give up her virginity and the ghost of a Shakespearean actor, John Barrymore, taking over his life makes for a hilarious performance that is not to be missed.

Our producer Madeline Clouston interviewed I Hate Hamlet director, Liam Egan and principal actors Chris McKay and Alastair Wharton, about what it takes to produce a play which involves supreme comic timing, professional fencing and apparently… a curse.

I Hate Hamlet is being performed on the 3rd, 9th and 10th of August at the Darlinghurst Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at http://ihatehamlet.eventbrite.com.au. Prices vary: $5 for Backstage members, $10 concession and $20 for adults.

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