About Shakespeare Oz | Holi Walsh

Student/Aspiring Director-Playwright-Author/Overly Invested Bardolator
Fittingly as my love of Shakespeare started as a school project that spiraled out my control, a university blogging assessment pushed me out of my natural procrastination to start this blog. Following my first creative task last year, I found that with my love of puns and drastic recontexulations I was right in my element with Shakespeare and was embraced by its thriving international community online.

Australia has a long history surrounding its unique and thriving Shakespeare scene, but it’s spread across such a range of companies and locations that they can be easy to pass by. As someone who spends too much googling upcoming productions, I wanted to share my findings and thoughts on Shakespeare across the country.

I’m based in Melbourne so due to the limitations of travel time and a student budget, I’m more likely to review shows near the city. However, I’m eager to branch out; if you’ve seen a production I haven’t I’d be thrilled to hear your own thoughts!

Personally, I’m in the process of writing two Shakespeare inspired novels, a contemporary Coriolanus (or however many versions will be tolerated by publishers) and a blended Hamlet/Macbeth inspired by their historical counterparts. I’m also in the process of starting up a separate website of Coriolanus-centric analysis due to a backup of “what ifs?” piled up on my computer.

When I’m not hopping between theatres, arthouse cinemas and libraries I’m normally working through assessments, overthinking everything, lurking on the internet and trying not to burn down my kitchen.

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