John Bell is one of Australia’s most acclaimed theatre personalities, founding the Bell Shakespeare Company in 1990 as well as acting in and directing some of the country’s most innovative productions. In this discussion, John will reflect on Shakespeare’s presentation of Jews, particularly Shylock, in ‘The Merchant of Venice’. He will examine what this might reveal about the bigotry and Judeophobia that existed in Europe and in English literature at the time. As part of the session, John will give a dramatic reading of a couple of Shylock’s speeches.
At this time, when the world is witnessing a resurgence of xenophobia, racism and antisemitism, don’t miss this opportunity to hear the insights of one of Australia’s leading theatre personalities into the way in which Shakespeare dealt with these issues and the relationship this has to our world today.