As a theatre lover living close to the city, I would have little reason to visit the Hills District of Sydney were it not for the annual summer season of Sport for Jove at Bella Vista, in Baulkham Hills. The director of this Shakespeare company is Damian Ryan and he is keen to bring quality theatre to areas of Sydney which do not have theatre venues. Even if you live far from Baulkham Hills I cannot recommend this venue highly enough. There is a beautiful and highly sophisticated stage in front of a grassy park where the audience can picnic before and during the show and the atmosphere is magical.
The current season is showing Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Importance Of Being Ernest. Last night I saw the former on opening night and it is really spectacular. LLL is a difficult wordy play which is almost never seen in Australia because of the denseness of text and character difficulties. It requires a extremely talented person to fashion this play into a convincing entertaining and dynamic modern play. Damian Ryan is that person and there is a groundswell of opinion that he is our modern Shakespeare, so beautifully does he mould the original work into an authentic new work. He blends his new twenty first century ideas flawlessly with Shakespeare’s concepts. It is breathtaking.
This play is creatively directed, beautifully acted, elegantly lit, and the costumes are all mini masterpieces. To be able to watch this world class theatre in our own back yard is a huge privilege. If there are any tickets left, snap them up for a memorable night.