In 2017-19, ASC’s Graduate Players have toured to Prague and performed in the Prague Fringe Festival with three productions of Shakespeare classics.  All three productions were well received both in Australia and Czech Rep, and a blast to work on. The energy and enthusiasm of the young casts is the lynchpin of this program.


In February 2020 the ASC Grad Players will begin work on a production of ‘AMN Dream’, a dark adaption of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It will complete a short Melbourne season of 4 performances, then head to Sale in Gippsland for one show, before heading to Prague for a season of 5 shows. The program will give participants the opportunity to work with professional ASC staff, including directors, musical director, choreographer and actors over a 12-week period as the show is rehearsed and actors are coached in Shakespeare techniques and acting methodologies. The company will also have the opportunity to network with international artists in the Czech Republic during the festival season.


All participants will be offered the option of staying on in Europe after our Festival season, to tour at their leisure, as an open ended return air ticket is available. We will also offer arts touring following our 5 performances in Prague, including a workshop with Prague Shakespeare Company, and attending PSC performances (subject to availability), and several cultural events.


Don’t miss this exciting show, with a cast of dynamic new actors. The fee for this course is inclusive of flight, accommodation and tuition and is approximately $4200, which may be paid in installments.


Melbourne Season:                   
May 14-16,  Athenaeum Theatre Two *
Sale Season:                               
May 9th – The Wedge – Sale
Prague Season:                         
May 26-30 *

*Dates are subject to change


Prague Fringe Festival 2017

It was so lovely to have one’s spirits lifted to such great heights by the Graduate Players of the Australian Shakespeare company. I have an immediate and unmitigated love for each and every one of these guys and so will you. It is preposterously early in the day to call ‘winner of best in festival’ but I will be surprised if this show doesn’t win the hearts of everyone who is lucky enough to see it.<br /> Derek Jarman’s Jubilee comes to mind – Ken Russell’s Tommy comes to mind and The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to mind. Even George Dunning’s Yellow Submarine Comes to mind! Right from the gay (happy) musical ‘intro’ to the wonderfully subtle, reimagined ending, the audience are taken on a ride that would have the hardest of Shakespeare’s high school critics cheering for more.<br /> It’s a bit of a cliche but I have not felt that same ache in my cheeks from smiling since my wedding day.<br /> Despite my cinematic entertainment references this production feels the way a comedy might have been presented back in ye olde days of the original Old Vic. It was loud, brash, colourful, irreverent and completely on point.<br /> The one hour telling of the story comes hard and fast. Rather than upset the tale however this restriction only adds to the delicious, madcap experience that is Twelfth Night Reimagined.<br /> The costumes are marvellous, the songs are memorable and powerfully delivered, the energy is palpable and the players love of Shakespeare is sparklingly clear.Published May 27, 2017 by Michael Rowland



The ASC Youth Company, Graduate Players programme is an artistic-educational opportunity open to recent university graduates or new professionals to the theatre industry. This program aims at giving emerging actors the experience to perform locally and overseas.


This fee paying program gives participants the opportunity to work with professional ASC staff, including directors, musical directors, choreographers and actors over a 12-week period. Graduate Players gain an understanding of what it is like to work, perform, create and learn Shakespearean techniques and acting methodologies.


Since the programmes creation in 2016, ASC’s Graduate Players have performed Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors in Melbourne and toured regional Victoria, as well as performed at the Prague International Fringe Festival within a short season framework.


All participants are offered the option of staying on in Europe after the season to tour at their leisure; an open ended return ticket will be available. ASC also offer arts touring following the performances, including a workshop with Prague Shakespeare Company, and a Prague Shakespeare Company performance (subject to availability).


Entry to the program is by audition only. Auditions typically take place in December. Directors look for experience and/or interest in Shakespeare as well as musical skills.


This is an exciting chance for budding new actors looking to develop how they work as an artist as well as an occasion to meet other future collaborators.

Australian Shakespeare, Graduate Players

The program ‘to me is not just about getting up on stage and playing a role, it's about learning what it means to be actor. This was an incredible journey from the first script read through in a room in Williamstown to the final bow on stage in Prague, and we as a unit pushed through together. I loved just how involved we all got with every aspect and everyone had a say which made it our show. Thanks to the wisdom and keen eyes of our directors Kevin Hopkins and Phil Sumner we created something memorable and I can't thank Bravehearts enough from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity.’Roisin, Company 2016