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  The Melbourne Shakespeare Society is one of the oldest literary societies in Australia, having been in continuous existence since 1884. It has an active program which includes monthly meetings, and monthly readings of Shakespeare's plays and associated works.
  General Meetings are usually held on the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding January). They feature an invited main speaker, often from the arts or academia, or sometimes a Society member speaks on one of their special interests. The talks may be illustrated by short prepared readings by members. As well, meetings may include musical items, book reports, sonnet readings and reports of Shakespearean related events.
The venue is the St Francis Pastoral Centre, at the corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne, in the Monastery Hall or other meeting rooms at the Centre.
  Play Readings - The Society's Reading Group performs Readings of the complete plays of William Shakespeare, in basic chronological order, on the second Saturday of each month (except January). In 2012 the group began a fourth cycle of reading of the complete Canon, over six years.
The rehearsed readings are performed by Society members in the Ballroom of the English Speaking Union at 146 Toorak Road West, South Yarra (between Punt and St Kilda Roads). Public transport access is via the Toorak Road tram or Punt Road bus. NB: The May, June and November readings will be at Kathleen Syme Library, Faraday Street, Carlton, between Swanston and Lygon Streets (accessed by any Swanston Street tram or Johnston Street bus).
Rehearsals for Readings are held (first Saturday of the month) at various locations.
  Associated Readings of works which illuminate the Shakespearean Canon are interspersed with the Shakespeare plays throughout the year. These include Shakespeare's poems (eg The Rape of Lucrece), his contemporaries (eg The Massacre at Paris by Christopher Marlowe), classical drama (eg Menaechmi by Plautus), and modern plays for which Shakespeare is an essential reference point (eg Macbett by Eugene Ionesco).
  The Society publishes a Newsletter, The Melbourne Shakespearean,with articles, poetry, reviews and reports of Shakespearean interest, which is available free to members and for sale to others.
  There are very modest attendance fees at meetings and readings, and guests and new members are always welcome. For further information, contact the President or any others listed in the Contacts.
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  Items of Note

Please note a change to our programme for Saturday 10th September - still at the ESU, still at 1.00pm, but instead of the listed reading of The Roaring Girl (now to take place in 2017) we have a Meeting.
Our commemoration of Paul Roebuck overwhelmed our scheduled August meeting, which will now be held instead on Saturday 10th, the feature item being:
Peter Groves (MSS; Monash) on Interruptions [signals in the texts], an illustrated talk.
Visitors very welcome. Cost $7, includes refreshments.
The English Speaking Union is located at 146 Toorak Road West, South Yarra.

Our September meeting will take place as scheduled on Saturday, September 24th. The speaker on that occasion will be David James, writer/flautist/composer on Shakespeare and Jazz
The venue, as usual, the St Francis Monastery Hall, cnr. Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne.
Visitors, as always, very welcome. Cost $7, includes refreshments.

Rules of Association are available for the convenience of those members who want access to them.

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  Updated September 8th, 2016