The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park

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Where all hell breaks loose in the woods...

SFJ’s acclaimed outdoor theatre season returns for its 6th year in December 2014 with two works revered by audiences the world over - A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare and The Crucible, by Arthur Miller.

Arthur Miller's parable of mass hysteria draws a savage parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 – “one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history” - and the McCarthyism that gripped America in the 1950s. But its portrait of the ordinary evils latent in any society, of mindless, hysterical persecution through ignorance, fear of ‘otherness’ and our capacity to serve ourselves above all others make it one of the world’s most transcendent and important stories, in any age. Damien Ryan’s new production offers an extraordinarily rare experience of this great play, a site specific haunting on the grounds of the 200 year-old Bella Vista Farm.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is the ultimate expression of Shakespeare's theatrical mastery and SFJ is developing a brand new production of the play, directed by Susanna Dowling. In the heat of the shortest night of the year, young lovers and work-a-day dreamers plunge into a world between sleep and waking, where "everything seems double". One of Shakespeare's truly essential works, 'Dream', like every fairy-story, warns us that family, love and friendship are fragile – when parents are selfish, their children break the rules; when love rears its head, friendships are forgotten; and that’s just the mortal world. The Fairy Kingdom's war over a mortal child has turned the entire "mazed world" upside down.

Bella Vista Farm was home to Sport for Jove's Cyrano de Bergerac in December 2013, acclaimed as the finest production of the year, winning 3 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Production, Best Director and Best Actor. The company has become one of the most revered in NSW, with a dozen major awards and many nominations, and remains passionately committed to our work in the Sydney Hills District each summer.

Join us this summer for a transformative journey through dreams and nightmares - a double bill of magic and the spirit world, and what happens when all hell breaks loose in the woods...