HSC Shakespeare Symposiums

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Sport for Jove

HSC Shakespeare Symposiums

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 24 June 2014

To understand the great plays on the English syllabus and unlock their personal responses to the work, students MUST see live productions. A combination of critical analysis and EXPERIENCE is the essence of the HSC curriculum. In 2014 – Sport for Jove offers the best of both worlds!

Fully realized performances of large sections of the plays are interspersed with expert commentary from Damien Ryan and his team – exploring famous scenes and speeches in multiple ways, opening up diverse critical readings, unlocking language and character, hearing actors discuss the plays’ famous ambiguities and challenges, answering questions and taking direction live on stage from your students. A complete, hands-on experience that combines the unfiltered relationship students need with the plays’ action and narrative while also ensuring they are ‘watching with understanding’, in other words, extracting the key ingredients and critical thinking required to write on the plays under exam conditions. Don’t miss it!

“This was the second year we have attended and again found it extremely worthwhile for both
teachers and the students. The lecture and the actor’s workshop were outstanding.”
Loraine Pett, Head Teacher of English


The Hamlet Experience – Performance and Critical Study

Sport for Jove’s acclaimed production of Hamlet and HSC symposiums played to sell-out crowds and thousands of NSW HSC students in 2012 and 2013. 

In 2014, SFJ offers ‘The Hamlet Experience’.

The full theatricality of sections of Damien Ryan’s Sydney Theatre Award nominated production, interspersed with his expert commentary and analysis.

The Hamlet Experience and accompanying notes are the essential toolkit for taking apart and putting back together this enormous play in the HSC. Don’t miss it!

Dates & Time:  
10.30am, Tuesday 24 June

Student/Additional Teacher $25* (1 teacher free per 10 students)

The Julius Caesar Experience – Performance and Critical Study

Sport for Jove’s takes the key dramatic sections of Shakespeare’s political masterpiece, Julius Caesar, and brings the words and characters alive for students, along with expert commentary and analysis, questions and discussion points.

The Julius Caesar Experience and accompanying notes are the essential toolkit for taking apart and putting back together this enormous play in the HSC. Don’t miss it!

Dates & Time: 
4:00pm, Tuesday 24 June

Student/Additional Teacher $25* (1 teacher free per 10 students)

*Transaction fees may 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 non-refundable deposit of $125 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 the HSC Shakespeare Symposiums, below:

HSC Shakespeare Symposiums – Curriculum Links

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Each symposium is approximately 3.5 hours

Ticket Prices

Student/Teacher $25

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00