A group of theatre students are preparing for a challenge of Shakespearean proportions this week.
The School of Visual and Performing Arts students are attempting to stage multiple performances of two Shakespeare plays over four days at Inveresk’s Annexe Theatre, starting Wednesday, May 4.
Most of the students have roles in both Othello and Richard III, with some students performing up to six separate roles.
A range of stylised costumes and props have been assembled for the performances, including a specially customised motorised wheelchair for the title character in Richard III.
The fully operable, battery-powered wheelchair has been modified with stainless steel armour plating, and now looks more like “a military tank”, according to director Robert Lewis.
Staff and students are invited to attend the performances, which will be held at Inveresk’s Annexe Theatre this week.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for concession cardholders, and $8 for students, and can be booked by calling (03) 6324 4450.
Richard III will be performed on:
Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm; Friday, May 6 at 7pm; Saturday May 7 at 1pm.
Othello will be performed on:
Thursday, May 5 at 7pm; Friday May 6 at 1pm; Saturday May 7 at 7pm.
Picture: Justin Groves as Richard III is surrounded by “evil henchmen” Brenton Neighbour, Dylan Saville and Bec Reedman.