What’s On: The Rover (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble)

Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, photographed by Richard Whitfield

The Rover

19 August – 4 September 2022

Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre, Brisbane

Two sisters throw themselves into the chaotic streets of Naples during Carnival. One in search of her forbidden true love, the other in search of a good time! As their paths cross with a band of exiled English Cavaliers, Europe’s most famous courtesan, and a host of colourful characters, the audience is taken on a thrilling yet dangerous ride full of music, revelry, and masquerades!

From the pen of England’s first female professional playwright (and sometimes spy), Aphra Behn, comes a play that scandalized 17th century audiences and continues to ask bold questions about freedom, anonymity, class, and sexual politics.

Directed by Rebecca Murphy, The Rover will be Restoration comedy at its raucous, raunchy, and relevant best, with live music performed before and during the show each night and a cast of some of Brisbane’s most exciting classical actors.

Dudley Powell and Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn, photographed by Richard Whitfield

Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble will once again be running its Shakespeare Beyond initiatives, A Night At The Theatre (ANATT) and Relaxed Performance, as part of the season.

Established in 2016, ANATT invites patrons to donate the price of a ticket and QSE then works with community partners Australian Red Cross, Communify, and Arafmi to share tickets with people who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience live theatre.

A Relaxed Performance of The Rover will be held at 2pm on Saturday, 27 August. Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome people who may enjoy a more relaxed performance environment, including (but not limited to) people with autism or individuals with sensory sensitivity. Parents and caregivers may also find the inclusive atmosphere relaxing with audience members free to move, speak, and respond throughout the performance.

For ticketing and further information, visit the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble website

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