Bell Shakespeare celebrates 30th anniversary year with a series of debates that will take place around the country and available virtually. The Bell Debates will bring together high-profile Australians from a range of industries to debate direct quotes from Shakespeare, addressing and tackling ideas from his plays in the context of our modern world. The first debate will be held at Carriageworks this Thursday, 24 September, and will be live-streamed at 7 pm via Bell Shakespeare’s website on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis.

With two teams of three debating for and against, the debates will provide a forum to demonstrate the enduring relevance of Shakespeare’s ideas and his unique ability to provoke thought and discussion about the human experience. The first debate will focus on the line “We have seen better days” from As You Like It, a particularly relevant idea to discuss in light of the current situation. Debaters will include team captains Benjamin Law and Jane Caro AM alongside Jess Scully, Jan Fran, Jonathan Biggins and Miriam Corowa. The event will be moderated by Bell Shakespeare Board Member Dr. Rebecca Huntley, one of Australia’s foremost social researchers, and hosted by Artistic Director Peter Evans.

Subsequent debates will take place in Canberra at the National Portrait Gallery on 12 November and in Melbourne on a date to be determined, provided they are permitted to do so in line with updated health guidelines. Bell Shakespeare is closely monitoring current government health and safety guidelines and will announce further details in due course taking these into account.

The first debate will be held on 24 September and available to Livestream at 7.30 pm here. Audiences can register to watch and are invited to ‘pay what you feel’ for the event.