A lot of people confronted with Shakespeare would find King Lear and Macbeth more bearable with a beer in hand. Bar’d Work sympathises. It’s presenting a shortened, 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Sydney pubs such as The Forresters Hotel in Surry Hills, The Oaks in Neutral Bay, The Rose in Chippendale and the Tudor Hotel in Redfern. After all, Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed in pubs and inns.
Twelfth Night is a comedy involving shipwrecks, disguises, fools and mistaken identity, with witty wordplay and relatable characters that fit naturally into a pub environment. The script is mostly adhered to, but actors improvise and interact with the audience.
The group of eight actors arrive at each venue with a suitcase of props and a guitar, then figure out how the performance will work in the space. Working on the fly in a new venue for each performance keeps things alive and engaging for both the actors and the audience. Plus, the actors get to down beers along with the crowd.
The Glenmore, The Rocks – Wed August 21, 7.30pm
The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks – Thu August 22, 7.30pm
Tudor Hotel, Redfern – Fri August 23, 8pm
The Shakey, Surry Hills – Sat August 24, 8pm
The Ivanhoe Hotel, Manly – Sun August 25, 6.30pm
Bank Hotel, Newtown – Wed August 28, 7.30pm
The Salisbury, Stanmore – Thu August 29, 7.30pm
The Rose, Chippendale – Fri August 30, 8pm
Staves Brewery, Glebe – Sat August 31, 8pm
The Oaks, Neutral Bay – Sun September 1, 6.30pm
The Glenmore, The Rocks – Wed September 4
Forrester’s Hotel, Surry Hills – Fri September 6, 8pm
Staves Brewery, Glebe – Sat September 7, 8pm