The Plays

Header picture: “The revelation of Olivia’s betrothal, from “Twelfth Night” William Hamilton (circa 1790)

Our Dinner Plays

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Our very first Play is now available as digital download!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare around 1595. Set around the marriage of Theseus (Duke of Athens) and Hippolyta (Queen of the Amazons), the play includes a spat between the Fairy King and Queen (a battle fierce enough to disturb the natural elements and order of the world), the adventures of four young Athenians crossed in love and the rustic theatricals of a group of six amateur actors. A tale of magic, enchantment, mischief and love, of worlds turned upside down and set to rights again. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

Our Next Plays

Twelfth Night; Or What You Will

 

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, written around 1601. A comic tale of love, full of twists and turns – of love declared and of secret love; of souls lost and souls found again; and of persons mistook, either through disguise or misidentification. The tale unfolds around ready wit, ribaldry, revelry and tricks; embraces the uncontrollable madness of love; and encompasses ambiguous and shifting genders.

 The Taming of the Shrew

 

The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, written around 1590. One of Shakespeare’s most controversial works, the play portrays the ‘battle of the sexes’ from the male perspective. Its use of tactical humiliation by a man, to control and change an aggressive, bad-tempered woman has been condoned as misogynistic abuse, regarded as a satire highlighting unjust opinions of women or a light-hearted farce. During the play, keep an eye out for which opinion you form.

The play begins with a nobleman tricking a drunken tinker (Christopher Sly) into believing he is a nobleman himself. The nobleman then has the play performed for Sly’s diversion – a play within a play. The main plot of the play performed for Sly depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona on the lookout for a wealthy wife, and Katharina, a headstrong, obdurate woman. Initially, Katharina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her behaviour with various psychological torments, until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katharina’s more desirable sister, Bianca.

 

The Taming of the Shrew Part II

The Taming of the Shrew II is an adaption of William Shakespeare’s comedy ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. In this Dinner Play, the tables are turned, with Katharina being the lady of Verona on the lookout for a wealthy husband, and Petruchio being the shrew that is tamed. The use of the word ‘shrew’ is used in its original form (before becoming female specific) – that of a bitter, spiteful person of either gender.

The Winter’s Tale

 

The Winter’s Tale is a drama/comedy written by William Shakespeare around 1623. An intense psychological drama which brings jealousy, attempted poisoning, flight, accusations of infidelity and illegitimacy, heartbreak, repentance and sheep shearing to a happy conclusion.

Julius Caesar

 

A tragedy written by William Shakespeare around 1599. The play depicts the conspiracy against, and assassination of, Julius Caesar the Roman dictator. Based on events in Roman history, Caesar is killed early in the play, with the protagonist being Marcus Brutus. A physiological drama centred around the conflicting forces of honour, patriotism and friendship. The play contains many famous lines.

Pride and Prejudice

 

Dinner Play’s Pride and Prejudice is based on Jane Austen’s enduring 19th classic novel. Using incisive wit and superb character delineation, Austen’s romantic tale has delighted many a reader. Using Jane Austen herself as the narrator, Dinner Play’s Pride and Prejudice provides you with an opportunity to play your favourite character and enjoy the ready flow of wit.

Set in rural England in mid 19th century, the play centres around a negligent father, an unenlightened mother focussed on marrying her five daughters off, and the five daughters of varying degrees of intelligence, beauty and silliness. The exceptionally witty portrayal of the characters, enlivens this romantic love story with highly enjoyable satire.

All the World’s a Stage
everyone’s a player.
Just add dinner.

THE PLAYS

A Midsummer Night's Dream

More Plays coming soon

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Brisbane
Queensland, Australia

EMAIL

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