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Lakespeare Performance

His Picture and His Book: Shakespeare and Portraiture

Saturday 23 April 2022
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610 associated with John Taylor. National Portrait Gallery, London. Given by Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, 1856. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Created and delivered by the team behind the popular ‘Shakespeare by the Lakes’ festival, Lakespeare and Co.’s specially commissioned performance blends a discussion of Shakespeare and portraiture with performed excerpts from his plays and sonnets. Tying in with our Shakespeare to Winehouse exhibition, and on the anniversary of his passing, can we find the man in what he wrote and in how artists represented him?

Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart
Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart

Dr Duncan Driver is both a Senior Lecturer in English Literary Education and Associate Dean of Education at the University of Canberra. He began his career as a tutor and lecturer in the Faculty of English at the Australian National University, where he completed a PhD in Shakespeare Studies, focused on Hamlet. Since 2017, he has been one of the Artistic Directors of Lakespeare and Co's 'Shakespeare by the Lakes', Australia's largest Shakespeare Festival. Duncan co-directed Lakespeare's inaugural production of Much Ado About Nothing, in which he played the role of Benedick. He has also played Duke Orsino and the Duke of Clarence in their subsequent productions.

Christopher Samuel Carroll is a professional actor, writer and director, who trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin, and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. Since moving to Canberra in 2016, he has become one of the city’s most prolific and celebrated performers, winning the inaugural Helen Tsongas Award for Excellence in Acting in 2019. As Artistic Director of Bare Witness Theatre Co., he has produced ten shows to date, winning a reputation for raw, pulsating theatre that ignites the imagination.

Lainie Hart is a professional actor with extensive experience across the Canberra region, Victoria and live-streamed online. She has performed in multiple productions, including for Lakespeare and Co, the Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra REP, The Street Theatre, The Q, and Pigeonhole Theatre. Following further study and training, she graduated from 16th Street Actor’s Studio in 2018; and has recently awarded The Helen Tsongas Award for Excellence in Acting.

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William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

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