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Shake ‘n’ Blake

11 February, 2020 - 23 February, 2020

Terra Incognita presents

Shake ‘n’ Blake

11 – 23 February 2020

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Sketch by Bernard Caleo echoing portrait by Blake


11 – 23 February 2020

preview: Tuesday 11 February
opening night: Wednesday 12 February
duration: 60 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $33 – $38
bookings: 03 9662 9966

Shake ‘n’ Blake – The Sonnets of Innocence and Experience.

Blending the Good Works of Williams Shakespeare and Blake into a Lesson in Love in all its Aspects: Attraction and Repulsion, Comfort and Despair, Heaven and Hell. Shake ‘n’ Blake is an evocative configuration of nine of Shakespeare’s sonnets played as Innocence and nine as Experience – interspersed with eight sonnets performed as original songs and commentary from Blake’s poetry and Shakespeare’s characters displayed as Wisdom.

Innocence – the impulsive and idealised early encounters of Love.

Experience – the weary worldliness of later Love.

Wisdom – a synthesis, a Lesson.

Playing the Lover with a little help from Genesis (the Book) and Elvis (the King).

Performed by Steve Gome accompanied by Silas James under the influence of Wayne Pearn.

Steve Gome is a freelance performer whose work since graduating from the VCA includes collaborations with James McCaughey and Associates, Melbourne Playback Theatre, Baggage Productions, Salamanca Theatre Company and Wax Studios. Previous appearances at fortyfive downstairs have included the roles of Schlomo Herzl in 15 Minutes from Anywhere’s return season of the George Tabori farce, Mein Kampf and the title role in Dario Fo’s epic monologue Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas. His performance as Johan Padan – directed by Wayne Pearn – was nominated for a Green Room Award.

Wayne Pearn has worked as an actor, director and producer for thirty five years. Wayne has directed at various and diverse venues such as the Spiegeltent, La Mama, Chapel off Chapel and Trades Hall. He has worked pre-dominantly for Hoy Polloy whilst also directing for Baggage, Red Stitch, Bloomsday in Melbourne, Ellis Productions and Outcast Theatre. His credits include Rhonda Is In Therapy, The Seafarer, Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man all at fortyfivedownstairs.

Silas James studied classical acting and music at the London Academy of Performing Arts and has since performed in many theatre productions as well as appearing in handful of television and film. He has been playing guitar, drums and piano for over three decades and now teaches all three from home. Check out his Facebook page – “Sounds of Silas”.

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $30
Concession: $33
Group 6+: $33
Under 30s: $33


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11 February, 2020
23 February, 2020
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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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