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Shakespeare Republic Season Three screening at SeriesFest

It has been a wonderful week of virtually attending SeriesFest in the USA, where my digital series Shakespeare Republic is screening at the moment as an Official Selection. As much as the pandemic has wreaked havoc, there have been some silver linings in respect to opening up the ability to virtually attend these events for those of us based outside of the UK and US, who might not usually be able to take part.

Despite the VERY early mornings (most workshops have been taking place at 3am Melbourne time), I have found myself leaping out of bed to get onto the video conferencing calls, anxious that I don’t miss any of the fascinating and inspiring industry speakers and it has been SO worth those early morning alarms.

Having the opportunity to engage and interact with so many of my fellow independent creators, as well as the plethora of industry experts SeriesFest has managed to assemble is worth its weight in gold. As much as it is wonderful to be selected for a festival (who doesn’t love a laurel?), the true value of a festival is the ability to connect, chat with and learn from those in attendance.

Huge thanks to the amazing SeriesFest programming team for not only selecting Shakespeare Republic, but also for programming such a wide-ranging and fascinating series of panels, workshops and networking sessions. It’s been a brilliant ride!

Shakespeare Republic Season Three Trailer


About Season Three: Using Shakespeare’s original text and characters, we shine a light on the human experience in a COVID-19 world. Created, adapted and directed by Australian actor, Sally McLean, with the cast filming themselves in isolation, directed in real time by McLean via Zoom from Melbourne, we look through a myriad of windows from Australia, Scotland, England and the USA into the current shared experience of human beings in isolation.

“… polished, beautifully made series from director/producer Sally McLean … a fine use of the platform and, more importantly, a very fine adaptation of the Bard … Shakespeare Republic is put together with grace and wit. An assortment of actors do terrific work making the (non-dumbed down) dialogue accessible, prying it open with great care and skill.” – The Guardian

“… taking the world by storm, done in an inventive, captivating way … the entire series is astonishingly smart.”–

“If you haven’t seen the #AllTheWebsAStage series I can’t recommend it highly enough. Smart, poignant and brilliantly crafted in lockdown by Sally McLean and a fantastic cast and crew. Brilliant short films of Shax (sic) speeches exquisitely shot in black and white – little slices of cinema that capture the mood of 2020 perfectly … they really are like Shakespearean Pringles: once I press play, I just can’t stop!” – Benjamin Broadribb, Editor, ‘Action is eloquence’: (Re)thinking Shakespeare

“Each episode is a perfect gem, beautifully presented and so very relevant to our current times. Each actor unfolds their story, using Shakespeare’s original words, with such skill and talent. Kudos to Director, Sally McLean, and her entire team & ensemble. From heart-breaking to hilarious and so powerful. Highly recommended viewing.” – IMDB

“… beautifully produced soliloquies from Shakespeare’s most famous characters, interpreted by a wide range of talented actors.”– Shakespeare Twentyscore

“Sally McLean has managed to put screen adaptations of Shakespeare back on the map.” – Realist WebFest

To view the current season of 24 episodes, visit

For information about the full series, visit