Award-winning Australian actor Pamela Rabe embodies five of Shakespeare’s most powerful women in Melody Eötvös’ Ruler of the Hive.
Before the performances tonight and Saturday at Hamer Hall, and Friday night in Geelong, here is your exclusive sneak peek, with Pamela reciting Emilia’s soliloquy from Othello.
Tickets still available here: https://bit.ly/3arXL3p
At this gala event at Sydney Town Hall, some of the nation’s most accomplished actors like Pamela Rabe, Toby Schmitz and Michala Banas bring their talents to bear, reading electrifying poems that hold special meaning to them. Illuminating the beauty and force of poetry, each performer reads a piece they have chosen on the Festival theme, Within Reach. Exploring memory, the current moment and what lies ahead, they show how the power of prose can transcend the boundaries and borders that separate us.
The Space Between Words
When: May 1st 2021 | Sydney Town Hall
Tickets are available here: swf.org.au
On television she is known as Wentworth’s Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson. Actor PAMELA RABE, 61, splits her time between Melbourne and Tasmania and is starring in the world premiere of The Last Season as part of Sydney Festival
Before this interview I actually felt a bit nervous and realised it’s because I just binged season eight of Wentworth. How does it feel to play a character who provokes such a visceral reaction?
By the time my work meets its audience it’s always a good 6-12 months after it’s finished so I’ve generally well and truly moved on and [the reaction] takes me by surprise. Generally speaking, people are pretty good. Just occasionally I see a shift in eyes. Some people hyperventilate a little bit but I’m not sure if that’s more to do with the fact that somebody they’ve had in their loungeroom for a binge session has suddenly materialised in front of them or whether it has something to do with the terror Joan Ferguson wreaks.
Thinking about one’s ability to change, is it a case of once a villain, always a villain?
Well, that would be sad, wouldn’t it? We all have a — probably never more so than now in the middle of a pandemic — a desire for things to be normal and not to change. So maybe if people want to put things in a box. I haven’t found that personally. If it’s a question of a professional “once a villain, always a villain”, that’s certainly not been the case. I’m lucky enough to work across a lot of different media doing a lot of different roles that stretch me in different ways. But I don’t ever take for granted the great gift and privilege it was to play that villain. I’m certainly not the first person to say villains are wonderful to play. Read More
From the acclaimed dance theatre company Force Majeure and director Danielle Micich comes a provoking work created in extraordinary times.
Inspired by the music and themes of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, this world premiere production explores themes of ageing, environmental destruction, speculative paths to human survival, and asks: ‘How did we get here? What have we built? How can we continue?’
With original text by Tom Wright and music by Kelly Ryall, The Last Season brings together Australian stage icons Paul Capsis and Pamela Rabe, the powerhouse Irish actor Olwen Fouéré, and an ensemble of 13 young performers in a vibrant intergenerational conversation.
At this critical time in human history, Force Majeure continues its commitment to making work exploring and questioning contemporary culture.
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