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Jack in “Jack and the Beanstalk” (Weston Primary School, ‘89), Gavroche in the first two Canberra productions of “Les Miserables” (Canberra Philharmonic Society, ‘94 & ‘96), Second Bondi Lifesaver from the front, crowdside, pulling the Giant Reel pulling Kylie Minogue on the Giant Thong in the “Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony”, Surly Soldier 1 in “Breaker Morant” (Everyman, 2012), Surly Drug Dealer in “Rent” (Everyman, 2012).


Every time I consider how William is supposed to have wandered out of Stratford-upon-Avon Primary School with his hands in his pockets and a command and grasp of the possibilities of the English language mashed with the techniques of rhetoric that allowed him to write what he wrote with a feather quill by candlelight...someone’s taking the piss or he was a genius out of nowhere without equal before or since. It doesn’t matter, because Shakespeare the cannon, the culture and the creativity this writing keeps unleashing for going past four centuries is one of humanity’s most valuable cultural accomplishments. I am delighted to participate in an addition to the folio.


I feel, by virtue of his scheme almost

Verging on brilliant, Friar Francis

Saves the day and, so, the play. You’re welcome.


Being the Ideas Man and initiator for this particular Shakespeare Season, never having performed Shakespeare before yet owning the fatuous and overblown sense of my own ability which is the tropey necessity for any wanna-be politician, I wanted a bigger part. That said, trying to Executive Produce this production to ensure we knock youse dead, and work, and act...very, very difficult for a man of limited talents.


Probably for the best then.

TW Gibbings

Friar Francis

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