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Sport for Jove



Riverside Theatre


02 May - 04 May 2013


Give your students the chance to experience Shakespeare’s Hamlet on the stage in a clear and powerfully imaginative production of one of his greatest tragedies. Students attending last year’s season returned to see the show a second time!

Sport for Jove’s acclaimed production of Hamlet comes to Riverside in 2013, following its huge popularity among teachers, students and theatre-goers in 2012.

In a world of accidental judgements and casual slaughters, where everyone dies but no-one is permitted to grieve, a young man speaks for us all by daring to speak for himself.

Director and educator Damien Ryan brings his 15 years of intensive experience with this great story to an inspiring and passionate production, described by Sydney critics as one of the finest visions of Hamlet in recent times. With Lindsay Farris’ extraordinary performance at its heart, this production explores loyalty and faithlessness, madness and freedom, and the debts children owe to their parents. It is clear, insightful and thrillingly imaginative theatre for students, bringing great integrity to the text and the characters.


Add value to your students experience and book the HAMLET Symposium on Friday 3 May. The symposium is an intensive, syllabus-based lecture and professional workshop to assist students in their preparation for the HSC. For more information, please visit HSC Shakespeare Symposiums.

The critics said:

“Sport for Jove’s Hamlet is the best I have ever seen. Do not miss it for any reason whatsoever…teenagers were rapt and silent throughout. The most electrifying, memorable, sustained and intelligent realisation of the tragic Prince of Denmark I’ve ever seen. A remarkable achievement.” – Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

“One of the best productions of anything I have ever seen, one of the best Shakespeare’s – and way the best Hamlet. Truly do your mind, your soul and your love of theatre a favour and go and see it. I went to a school’s session today – you could have heard a pin drop.” – James Waites, Theatre Blog, former SMH critic

“Sport for Jove Theatre Company have exploded onto the stage with a fabulous, fast-paced production that is fresh and vibrant – it is almost as if we have never seen this classic play before. A gripping, thrilling and contemporary version of a tale of power, politics, madness and corruption that had the audience of mostly young high school students enthralled.” – Lynne Lancaster, Arts Hub Review

From the Education Coordinator…
WHY BRING YOUR STUDENTS TO HAMLET? Not just because it’s a prescribed text on the syllabus- this version of Hamlet is a must see. Director Damien Ryan completely freshens up this classic tale, making it modern and relevant in a way that is sure to enthral, excite and engage your students like Shakespeare never has before. Students loved the Seymour Centre season – and YOUR students will love this one too.

DIRECTOR: Damien Ryan
PERFORMERS: George Banders, Lindsay Farris, Takaya Honda, Danielle King, James Lugton, Christopher Stalley, Christopher Tomkinson, John Turnbull, Eloise Winstock

Suitable for Years 9-12

Dates & Times:
1:00pm, Thursday 2 May 2013
10:30am, Friday 3 May 2013
7:30pm, Friday 3 May 2013
2:30pm, Saturday 4 May 2013
7:30pm, Saturday 4 May 2013

$25 Student/Additional Teacher*
*Transaction fees apply


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Secondary Education Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form.  Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online.  If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail: education_riverside@parracity.nsw.gov.au
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A $125 non-refundable deposit is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.

Please find a range of helpful teaching resources related to Hamlet, including the 2013 Curriculum Links, below:

Hamlet Curriculum Links

Ticket Options

Student/Teacher $25
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30


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