10 Things…

Our journey as The Players has started and there have already been so many beautiful things that we have seen, done, and experienced. In the car between shows, the members of Team Rosencrantz often talk about how much we love seeing the reactions of the students and teachers who watch the shows we perform every day; the joy in understanding the plot and the laughs at the framing characters.

In considering what it is we do, how we do it, and the team that supports us, the following was produced (in the format of this speech from 10 Things I Hate About You, the great nineties adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew).


10 Things We Hate About You

We hate the hand of fate that points to us,
That marks our plan to deliv’r this,
We hate our KIA little mini bus,
Our lady of good carriage, our mistress.
We hate the passing months already been,
The insights and love that keep us feeling keen.
We hate the morning coffee, the taste of dawn,
We hate reciting Shakespeare so early I’ the morn.
We hate the staff who back us, everywhere we go,
The smothering of love show after show.
We hate that you can really help us find
Ourselves, no matter what the time of day,
We hate that we are constantly reminded,
Relax, the work is there, now time to play.
We hate that we are making friends far and new
But most of all we hate since hate is due,
‘Cos hate is love, what we most have for you.


Undoubtedly we will continue to be amazed and find new love for everything we do as actors, teachers and facilitators of Shakespeare. So to all the schools and students that we have yet to roll into, know this, we cannot wait to entertain, and be entertained by you.

Team Rosencrantz


The Players hit the road!

Teams Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have finally hit the road, embarking on our first whirlwind leg of touring. It has been an amazingly challenging and wondrously fulfilling two weeks already! This week both teams have ventured beyond the city of Sydney to entertain you in some of Australia’s most spectacular and breathtaking surrounds.

Our journey so far has been almost as epic as some of the Bard’s greatest plays themselves (whether comedy or tragedy – we’ll let you be the judge)! In only a few short weeks we have undertaken intensive studies in voice, movement, comedy and performing Shakespeare (along with some of the more drier topics of workplace health and safety, safe driving and senior first aid – all still very important though)! We finished our rehearsals and packed our roadcases and we are having an absolute ball! So, without further ado, allow me to introduce to you the Players for 2013!

Below, we have the artists formerly known as Team AJ, now dubbed:

Team Guildenstern

Team AJ - Guildenstern

AJ, Ildiko, Jane, Joe

Next up, we have Team JW, to be known hereafter as:

Team Rosencrantz

Janine, Jenna, Griffin, Ray

Janine, Jenna, Griffin, Ray

We are extremely excited to be setting off on this amazing adventure and look forward to catching up with you all. Make sure you have some questions or comments ready as we’d love to have a chat with you post-show, where hopefully we can churn out something a little more coherent than this:

It had been been a loooooong week! But come young waverers, it’s time for me to sign off and hit the road once more. BIG THANKS to the exceptional schools we have visited so far – cheers for having us!

Parting is such sweet sorrow – but we shall see each and every one of you very, very soon! Perhaps tomorrow… and tomorrow… and tomorrow!

That’s it from me! Adieu, adieu!