Antony & Cleopatra
by William Shakespeare
TWO CHARISMATIC AND POWERFUL LEADERS FIND IN EACH OTHER, AN IRRESISTIBLE AND YET UNATTAINABLE EQUAL.
One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Antony and Cleopatra is grounded in the historical facts of one of history’s most famous romantic couples. Caught between desire and duty their affair will shake the foundations of the known world. Power politics and passion collide in Shakespeare’s captivating tragedy. Set in ancient Egypt and Rome, the tragedy tells of the love, intrigues and battles that brought about the demise of Mark Antony, Roman Triumvir, and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.
Antony and Cleopatra features several themes known to recur in Shakespearean works. One is the tension of the “other” – or between conventional and unconventional. Cleopatra was “other” by way of her race (Greek/Egyptian) and also by the fact that she was a great and influential ruler in a world dominated by men. Additionally, the juxtaposition of West vs. East, masculine vs. feminine, Roman coldness and rationality vs. Egyptian passion and heat are all examples of Shakespeare’s exploration of the antithesis in his works.
Page to Stage will be touring Antony and Cleopatra to Victorian secondary colleges throughout 2015. We believe in active learning, using a performance-based and language centred approach to teaching Shakespeare. Facilitated by our arts practitioners and educators, we present and discuss key scenes and soliloquies, focusing primarily on the characters of Antony and Cleopatra.
Our workshops aim to increase student understanding of the world of the play, the complex and contradictory characters within it, the politics and language of the play.
The perfect introduction to Antony and Cleopatra.
Secondary Stage 6 (Y11-12)
Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Melbourne, Melton, Mildura, Shepparton-Mooroopna, Warrnambool, Wodonga