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Auslan Dramaturgy of Shakespeare


Shakespeare’s language has its own rhythm and structure. So does Auslan – we put its poetry, metaphor and comedy centre-stage.  Performing Shakespeare in Auslan provides a natural story-telling and poetic imagery.    

Translating the rich, pun-riddled text of Shakespeare into Auslan is not an easy feat.  A collaborative workshop to unpack the language, concept and meaning when working with directorial vision.  In creating an interpretive version with few dramaturgical tips, you will be able to perform a Shakespeare text. 

Come and participate in this workshop to learn dramaturgical approach to Auslan translation.  Auslan skills must be at conversational level as this is not a teaching class. 

About Racheal

A headshot of a person looking directly at the camera. The have blonde hair pulled back off their face and are wearing a grey top and black jacket.Racheal Missingham is a Brisbane based deaf theatre maker with over 10 years of experience of dabbling as physical theatre performer, dramaturg and researcher who works in disability arts and culture and mainstream culture.

Racheal is currently doing her Master of Philosophy on the history of Deaf Theatre in Australia with support of Australian Research and Training Stipend (2020). She was a recipient of Metro Arts Creative Development Residency and Australia Council for the Arts – Career Development Grant to do career development in physical theatre and to creative development of Deaf Body in Space.

Racheal’s artistic credits include play reading Table Twelve written by Madeleine Little and Alistair Baldwin (2020), performer in Hold (2019) written by Madeleine Little, As if no-one is watching (Vulcana 2018), Something to tell you (Vulcana 2015), Small Change (Vulcana 2014) and several small roles in physical theatre performance. She also has been awarded the Rising Stars Award (2013), and Sync Leadership (2015).

Photo credit: Nick Morrissey. Racheal pictured from waist up,, gesturing with one hand. They have long dark blonde hair pulled back from their face and are wearing glasses.
Racheal pictured from waist up, gesturing with one hand. They have long dark blonde hair pulled back from their face and are wearing glasses. Photo credit: Nick Morrissey


Tickets: $45
(+$5.00 transaction fee)

Venue: Diane Cilento Studio
Queensland Theatre
78 Montague Rd, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Date: Friday 17 September
Time: 9:00AM – 10:30AM


Facilitator: Racheal Missingham