Sport For Jove's Outdoor Summer Season returns for its 7th year with a double bill of moonlit romance, of men behaving badly and women winning the day, with a swift kick up the backside for a culture that is still discussing the rights and rules of marriage equality centuries after our greatest poets shot Cupid’s arrows right back at him.
These are two of the world’s perfect comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare's only entirely original and poetic comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, the play most closely tied to his staggering series of Sonnets, to this day the most popular love poetry ever written. Sport For Jove, the company that salvaged the forgotten All’s Well That Ends Well to such acclaim, brings this unknown gem to the stage in a full Elizabethan setting, fusing the sonnets and the play into a passionate study of the act of artistic creation. Summer Season 7 will give these wonderful plays a vigorous outdoor life in the glorious surrounds of Bella Vista Farm and Leura Everglades Gardens.
Also playing as a bonus curtain raiser to Love’s Labour’s Lost throughout the festival season is the brilliant short one-act play Shakespearealism, by acclaimed Australian actor, writer and film director Josh Lawson, directed by Lizzie Schebesta.
Love's Labour Lost, By William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Damien Ryan
Designed by Melanie Liertz
Featuring Emily Eskell, Sabryna T’eo, Tim Walter, Berynn Schwerdt, Madeleine Jones, Lara Schwerdt, Curtis Fernandez & George Banders
Playing with the ingenious curtain raiser,
Shakespearealism, By Josh Lawson
Directed by Lizzie Schebesta
Featuring Gabrielle Scawthorne, James Lugton, Aaron Tsindos & Ed Lembke-Hogan
The Importance of Being Earnest, By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Damien Ryan and Terry Karabelas
Designed by Anna Gardiner
Featuring Deborah Kennedy as Lady Bracknell with Claire Lovering, Eloise Winestock, Aaron Tsindos, Scott Sheridan and Wendy Strehlow.
December 12h – January 25th,
Bella Vista Farm, Baulkham Hills & The Everglades Garden, Leura