Paul Kelly does Shakespeare
For a man often regarded as the bard of modern Australia, Paul Kelly’s most treasured possession isn’t all that surprising: a three-volume collection of Shakespeare’s works that weighs as much as a small child. His latest album – Seven Sonnets & A Song – is a tribute to the legendary playwright, with Kelly performing his own takes on Shakespeare’s poetic explorations of love and lust.
On the morning of Saturday 23 April – as the clock strikes midnight in Stratford-Upon-Avon, marking 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, and a discussion of one bard’s affinity for another.
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