FESTIVE MACAO CELEBRATES

April 10, 2016
Historic Macao - Photo: John Pond

Historic Macao – Photo: John Pond

Macao will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of world literary giant William Shakespeare when the former Portuguese enclave hosts its 27th Macao Arts Festival from 30 April 2016.

This year’s theme for the month long festival that runs until 29 May is “Time: Reshape your Imagination. Experience the Spirit of Times”. Another highlight will be the 400th anniversary of the death of Ming Dynasty’s famed Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu.

Modern Macao - Photo: John Pond

Modern Macao – Photo: John Pond

The Macao Arts Festival will salute the works of Shakespeare and Xianzu through theatre. The Festival kicks off with a dramatic stage performance of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, rendered by the Shakespeare Theatre Company from the USA.

The Festival program will feature as many as 27 shows and artistic exhibitions, along with more than 100 activities to “bring the audience into the spaces of the Chinese and Western cultures”. There will also be plenty of song and dance and family activities during the Festival, along with indoor and outdoor theatrical performances.


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Dinosaurs have also found their way to Macao, where The Living Dinosaurs expo is on until 11 September 2016. Venture to the Science Centre where you will make huge strides in learning about dinosaurs at an exhibition that includes fourteen mechanical replica dinosaurs.

With the 2016 calendar packed full of colourful festivities and a program of events such as the annual A-Ma Festival, Procession of Our Lady Mercy, Feast of the Drunken Dragon, the Macao Dragon Boat Festival, Feast of Hungry Ghosts, the International Fireworks Display Contest, Mid Autumn Festival, Macao City Fringe Festival and International Music Festival, there is always something happening whatever time of the year you plan to visit Macao.

Photo: John Pond

Photo: John Pond

November will be packed with events, highlighted by the 63rd running of the Macao Grand Prix, the 16th Macao Food Festival, the annual Marathon and the spectacular Light Festival similar to Sydney’s Vivid.

Macao gives visitors the very unique experience of a modern city blended with its Portuguese past. With a huge selection of four and five star hotels to choose from, wonderful restaurants offering the best in Asian and Portuguese cuisine, plus everything else in between, Macao is a destination that will delight.

Sandra Tiltman

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COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged)

July 29, 2015

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The brainchild of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, this incredibly funny play, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1987 and subsequently transferred to London’s West End where it ran for nine years.

Sydney’s Genesian Theatre is currently presenting their production of this entertaining show. Jessica Gray, Jamie Collette and Barry Nielsen make up the superb cast, bringing the characters to life with their excellent performances. In just 97 minutes, the show touches on all of Shakespeare’s works and presents every single one of the 1,122 roles, (the sonnets are thrown in as a DVD extra!). Hard to believe, that all these roles are performed by just three actors.

_GEN7675Directed by Tom Massey, this is one of the best shows I have seen presented in this charming intimate theatre.

The play is notable for holding the (self-proclaimed) world record for the shortest ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards, at 42 seconds! Unless you see it, you won’t believe it.

The season runs until 8 August 2015, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. plus a matinee at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Sandra Tiltman

Photos: Craig O’Regan