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Much ado about nothing

By William Shakespeare

Adapted by Bokkie Robertson

Much Ado About Nothing played to sold-out crowds at Flow Studios, Sydney in April 2022. 


'If this is the next generation of theatre makers in Sydney, the artform is in excellent hands.'

- Limelight Magazine

We root for the lovers, we despise the villains, and we mourn when the lines become blurred. It is a joyous production.'

- Theatre Travels

'A refreshing and long overdue rewrite to Shakespeare's original lopsided ending.'

- Night Writes

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The Play

In the back streets of Camperdown, between the parks and Parramatta Road, as dusk begins to fall, an unassuming warehouse will transform into a bustling Mediterranean tavern. Chairs, tables and a bar will fill the space, and Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy will unfold not on a stage but all around you, complete with drinks, shanties, live music and – at one point – a disco ball.


Adaptation or original?

Somewhere in between.

Most of the time, we’ve merely abridged the text for time or clarity. Every so often, though, we’ve taken liberties so wild you’ll barely hear them over the Bard doing barrel rolls in his grave.

To read more about Much Ado About Nothing, visit the website below!

The team

Producer Izabella Louk

Director Bokkie Robertson

Dramaturg Emily Dzioba

Composer Ben Bauchet

Set & Costume Designer Blake Hedley

Sound Designer Bethany Stewart

Lighting Designer Dany Akbar

Design & Branding Nicola Macindoe

Stage Manager Victoria Lewis

Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager & Green Captain Eezu Tan

Production Stage Manager Carla Hedley


Beatrice Dominique Purdue

Benedick Levi Kenway

Borachio Alex Kendall Robson

Claudio Russell Cronin

Dogberry Ali Samaei

Hero Izabella Louk

John Brendan Toole

Leonato Jeremy Godwin

Margaret Camila Ponte Alvarez

Pedro Nick Wright

Violinist Margo Roberts


Photos by Troy Kent

Blinking Light acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we gather. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

It always was, and always will be,

Aboriginal Land.


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