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Perform in PRAGUE and Melbourne

Twelfth Night

18 Years and Over 

Auditions OPEN


About the Program

Beginning in 2016, the Australian Shakespeare Company’s Graduate Players program is the evolution of our Bravehearts productions for young actors aged 12 - 18. We recognised an opportunity to create a bridge between drama school and the theatre industry. The ASC also didn’t want to exclude those who come to acting later in life so while the Graduate Players is essentially our youth ensemble, the program is open to anyone 18 years and over.

This fee paying course gives participants the opportunity to work in a part time manner with professional ASC staff, including directors, musical director, choreographer and actors over a 12-week period as a full scale production of a work of Shakespeare is rehearsed and actors are coached in Shakespeare techniques and acting methodologies, including Commedia D’ell Arte, Clowning, Stage Combat and more.

In 2016, the Graduate Players Ensemble performed a musical version of Much Ado About Nothing at Na Pradle theatre, Prague. Since then we have been invited to perform as part of the Prague Fringe Festival in 2017, 2018, 2019 and (post COVID) 2023. The productions met with critical acclaim amongst the festival reviewers.

In 2024 the program will centre on a timely production of Twelfth Night opening for a Melbourne season at the Historic Athenaeum theatre before touring to Stratford on Avon in regional Victoria, then to Prague in Czech Republic, for the Prague Fringe Festival.

This 12 week program with it's Melbourne CBD theatre run, regional Victorian tour and International tour is an opportunity of a lifetime.


Twelfth Night

Viola, shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, a tropical island resort, disguises herself as her twin brother, assumed drowned. What follows is a web of romantic entanglements and crazy encounters.

This short and snazzy retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy plunges us into a world of mistaken identities, gender fluidity and ridiculous love triangles. A world where revelry and austerity butt heads with one another and melancholy can only be thwarted through the power of love... almost!

Further Information: Creative Kids – Service NSW

NSW Government is helping your cost of living with more than 40 rebates and savings including Creative Kids, which is all about making it easier for school-aged kids (4.5 to 18 years old) to get involved in creative and cultural activities.

Parents, guardians and carers can claim a $100 voucher per year to put towards the cost of lessons and fees with registered providers.



Age Group

18 Years and Over 

Dates and Times

Saturday 16 December 2023

Program Commences:
Saturday 3 February 2024
Running for 12 weeks PART TIME

Ongoing rehearsal dates: TBC

Victorian Performance Dates:
8 - 11 May 2024: The Athenaeum Theatre
18 - 19 May 2024: Stratford on Avon Tour

International Performance Dates:

21 May - 6 June 2024: Prague Tour



Includes all airfares and accommodation while touring, both in Regional Vic and Europe, PT ticket in Prague, workshops in Melbourne and from our partners, the Prague Shakespeare Company, Czech cultural touring. 12 weeks Shakespeare training. Actors may elect to travel on in Europe after the program as flexible fares are available. All fees are payable by installment.

If you are suffering economic hardship, we are happy to discuss and offer a fee variation in some cases.

Course Location

Kensington Studios

Upcoming Workshops and Classes

7-11 Years OR 12-16 Years

AUTUMN School Holiday Program

Power & Motivation - The Bard's Heros & Villains


18 Years and Over 

Perform in PRAGUE and Melbourne

Twelfth Night