Past Productions

2013

A Midsummer Night's Dream: One of Shakespeare's most treasured comedies, featuring messy love triangles, feisty faeries, and oblivious fools. With live music, dancing, fighting, and acrobatics, this production explores the discord sown by the fae kingdom on the mortal realm. Director: Rob Pensalfini [More info]

Mary Stuart: The Ensemble tackles Frederich Schiller's masterpiece covering the final days of Mary Queen of Scots, in a new version translated by Peter Oswald, in the equivalent of one full-time week's worth of rehearsal. Director: Christina Koch [More info]

2012

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: A gun-slinging frontier Western production of Shakespeare's tale of two young men from the big city who travel to a frontier town and fall in love with the same woman. Director: Rob Pensalfini [More info]

The Bomb-itty of Errors: Shakespeare goes hip-hop in this hilarious modern-day 'ad-rap-tation' of The Comedy of Errors - two sets of identical twins are separated at birth, but inherit their father's talent for rap. When they cross paths in the same city, craziness ensues! Director: Zac Kelty [More info]

2011

The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare tackles the tough realities of prejudice and exclusion through the wheelings and dealings of commerce in 16th century Venice. Directors: Crystal Arons and Curt Tofteland [More info]

2010

Richard III: Shakespeare's most famous villain hits the Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre in October 2010. Director: Tom McSweeney

Vis-à-Vis: Moving Stories (Queensland Ballet production) : How does a choreographer translate words into movement? Queensland Ballet takes an in-depth look at ballets which are based on existing works of literature, with the assistance of QSE. Director: François Klaus

2009

As You Like It (2009): The much-loved comedy which centres around Rosalind, a confident young woman banished into the Forest of Arden by her aunt the usurping Duchess. Faithfully accompanied by her beloved cousin Celia, Rosalind disguises herself as a man to avoid detection - a decision which also enables her to get close to Orlando, the young man who has stolen her heart. The pair's rocky road to true love and the weird and wonderful characters they meet along the journey is interspersed by a variety of songs in what is one of Shakespeare's most musical plays. Director: Paul Adams

Where The Wild Things Are: A unique live performance of Maurice Sendak's universally popular children's book - in the evocative and picturesque surrounds of the Lake and Island at Roma Street Parkland. Director: Rob Pensalfini

Food Of Love: A Shakespearean Cabaret. Director: Cienda McNamara

2008

Twelfth Night: Introduces audiences to Viola, a young noblewoman who is shipwrecked on the shores of exotic Illyria. Fearing for her safety in this strange land, she disguises herself as a man, and immediately finds herself in a confused love triangle between Duke Orsino and Countess Olivia. Sanity falls by the wayside amid the eclectic cast of characters and cases of mistaken identity in this topsy-turvy world, where desire and loss hide behind a mask of excess. Director: Rob Pensalfini

Twelve Angry Men: Reginald Rose's play comes to life in a rehearsed reading in the Banco Court, also featuring guest appearances by members of the Brisbane legal community. Director: Christina Koch

Metamorphoses (2008): The visionary reimagining of Ovid's tales returns to the stage in the Visy Theatre at the Brisbane Powerhouse for a strictly limited season after a stunning preview at the 2007 2high Festival. Do you have the passion to face your shadows and transform yourself? Director: Jo Loth

2007

Much Ado About Nothing: A 'coming of age' love story filled with lively celebration and sharp witty interaction. The stage is set in Messina, Italy, a town celebrating the end of a war, and the audience is taken on a playful journey through intrigue and deception as we celebrate the way animosity can be transformed into love. Director: Jo Loth

2006

Metamorphoses (2006): Cast light on your shadows if you dare! An exciting stage adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses - archetypal Greek tales. As part of the !Metro Arts Independents program, the production uses Poet Laureate of England, Ted Hughes' treatment of Metamorphoses and seeks to fuse text driven training with physical theatre approaches to create a raw, powerful performance experience. Director: Leah Mercer

Shakespeare's Briefs -or- Let's Kill All The Lawyers!: In an Australian first, the Banco Court of the Queensland Supreme Court Complex becomes a hyper-realistic set for some of the most famous and infamous Shakespeare trials - including The Merchant of Venice and The Winter's Tale, and features guest judges drawn from the bench of the Queensland Supreme Court. Director: Samid Suliman

2005

The Comedy of Errors: A fast and furious, re-gendered production. Director: Rob Pensalfini

The Madness of King Lear: An intensely vocal and experimental re-working of King Lear. Director: Stephen Daniels

2003

Coriolanus: 17-actor production, complete with battle scenes. Director: Anne Pensalfini

Pericles: Workshop production. Director: Ira Seidenstein

2002

As You Like It (2002) : QSE's first full production, featuring live music. Director: Rob Pensalfini