Paul Kelly does Shakespeare

Paul Kelly does Shakespeare

Paul Kelly's latest album – Seven Sonnets & A Song – is a tribute to the Bard, with Kelly performing his own takes on Shakespeare's poetic explorations of love and lust.

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Kelly joins forces with Alice Keath and Vika and Linda Bull for a special performance of the album – with some special guests, including Maxine Beneba Clarke, Bert LaBonté and Alison Whyte.

Who?

Portrait of Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly was born in Adelaide, one of nine children, in 1955. He wrote his first song in 1976 and has been making records since 1978, over thirty to date. He has collaborated with many other songwriters and written music for film and theatre. His prose has appeared in MeanjinThe MonthlyRolling Stone and the Age, and in 2010 he published a ‘mongrel memoir’, How to Make Gravy. Love is Strong as Death: Poems chosen by Paul Kelly was published in 2019. His most recent albums are 2019’s Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds and 2020's Please Leave Your Light On, with Paul Grabowsky.

Portrait of Alison Whyte

Alison Whyte

Alison Whyte is a multi-award winning Australian actor of stage and screen. 

Portrait of Bert LaBonté

Bert LaBonté

Bert is an Australian actor, recently Green Room-nominated for his body of work in theatre. He is known for a variety of shows across the country, including Lungs, I Am a Miracle, Birdland, Timeshare, The Good Person of Szechwan, Let’s Get It On, When I Fall in Love – The Nat King Cole Story and The Mountaintop (Green Room Award nominee), and as an original cast member of Rupert (MTC and Washington US tour).

Portrait of Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Clarke is the ABIA and Indie award winning author of over nine books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the best-selling memoir The Hate Race, the Victorian Premier’s Award winning poetry collection Carrying the World, and the Boston Globe/Horn Prize winning picture book The Patchwork Bike, illustrated by Van T. Rudd.

She is the editor of Best Australian Stories 2017, and Growing Up African in Australia. Her forthcoming poetry collection is How Decent Folk Behave (Hachette).