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heartBeast Boutique Theatre presents King Lear

heartBeast Boutique Theatre presents King Lear

| On 06, Jul 2015


heartBeast Boutique Theatre’s highly anticipated production of Shakespeare’s King Lear hits the stage on July 25. The Creative Issue was given an exclusive backstage pass to see the making of this Gothic tale.

heartBeast is a not-for-profit theatre organisation that provides artists the chance to explore and investigate their performance philosophy and skills of artistry. The boutique theatre presents a repertoire of heightened, daring theatre that encourages the audience to reconsider their personal perspectives, philosophies and place in the world.

This production of King Lear is set within Colonial Australia and incorporates layers elements of Australian Gothic and Physical Theatre to turn the well-known story into a fresh and electric show.

Behind the scenes King Lear

Shakespeare’s King Lear is set in the mid-1800s and tells the story of King Lear as he divides his vast property amongst his three daughters. However, his favourite daughter Cordelia refuses to be apart of his game and as a result is banished. Following this, Lear’s world is completely changed as he wanders crazed and maddened over the barren Australian landscape towards his brutal end.

This is director Jacqueline Kerr’s second show with heartBeast and she is thrilled to incorporate the Australian Gothic element. She promises that audiences will go on an exhilarating and unique ride that is different from your traditional Shakespeare play.

“heartBeast likes to do things that are fairly heightened and King Leah lends itself to Australian Gothic quite nicely” she says.“Our production of King Leah uses a very Australian sound scape so audiences can expect lots of animals, didgeridoos and storm sounds.”

John Evans who plays King Lear encourages people who might not be the biggest fans of Shakespeare to come along to the show.

“I definitely believe that audiences will be entertained” he says. Although he warns, “don’t expect to see a comedy, it’s definitely a tragedy!”

Now in its sixth year, heartBeast shows no signs of slowing down with their latest production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, King Lear, guaranteed to delight and shock audiences.

What King Lear

Where Trinity Hall, Church Street, Fortitude Valley

When 25 July– 15 August 2015

Cost$22.00 – $33.00

More Information Visit to purchase tickets

Image credits: heartBeast Boutique Theatre