Shakespeare’s female characters to be brought to life in Unbound

AT LEFT: Blank Space Productions artistic director Bridget Le May of Fremantle with Unbound lead creatives Gala Shevtsov of Kalamunda and Ryan Marano of Aveley. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d491961
AT LEFT: Blank Space Productions artistic director Bridget Le May of Fremantle with Unbound lead creatives Gala Shevtsov of Kalamunda and Ryan Marano of Aveley. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d491961

THE stories of female characters in William Shakespeare’s works will be told in the upcoming theatre project Unbound.

Independent theatre company Blank Space Productions will be taking up a residency at Midland Junction Arts Centre from June 17 to August 11, where there will be public performances and workshops.

A crowdfunding campaign will be launched on April 12.

The project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between six Perth-based artists across dance, theatre and writing.

It is a theatrical exploration of the mystery, mythology and misogyny in Shakespeare’s works.

Blank Space Productions artistic director Bridget Le May, of Fremantle, said the production would look at characters such as Ophelia, Lady Macbeth and Desdemona.

“(Females) are often oppressed and subdued by the text as well and are often contained by the men who have more autonomy and power,” she said.

“The more we explored it (the text), we kept finding that we were frustrated at how little agency that these females have.

“There is a structure to how we are approaching the work but there is not a limitation to what we are choosing to explore.”

Bridget Le May, Gala Shevtsov and Ryan Marano. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d491961

Unbound lead creative Gala Shevtsov, of Kalamunda, said they grew up with Shakespeare, “the god of theatre”.

“You had Macbeth and Hamlet… they were idolised for their complexities and their faults,” she said.

“Then you have all these female characters which are given so few lines; they have 17 per cent of the text.

“They are complicated, flawed, beautiful, tragic and romantic.”

Fellow lead creative Ryan Marano, of Aveley, said the goal was to raise $6000 from crowdfunding, with the total being doubled through a matched funding program with Creative Partnerships Australia.

For more information, email hello@blankspaceproductions.com.

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