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A troupe of actors – trained energy practitioners – come to Byron this month to retell the greatest stories to stand the test of time (all works of Shakespeare) – with a unique, elemental approach to performance. 

After 26 critically acclaimed and sold-out performances in four outdoor Sydney settings, Come You Spirits bring four of the Bard’s greatest plays to Byron from 24–29 January for eight magical, 90-minute performances at popular community venues: Marvel Hall Gardens and the Brunswick Picture House. 

Jo Bloom, Charles Mayer, Sontaan Hopson, Alec Ebert and Ciarán O’Riordan, with composer Brandon Read, unite ancient tradition and the basic human energies in presenting Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Romeo & Juliet. 

Jo Bloom says the shows meld simplified plots, and amplified magic. ‘Just four actors playing four characters, one muso, a 90-minute edit, live sound-healing instruments, enchanted spaces and buckets of heart and Qi!’

Charles Mayer says Shakespeare has so much ancient wisdom and knowledge of the universe in his writing. ‘We share this with audiences – as witnesses to the wonder and recipients of the energy.’

This passionate, independent, grass-roots theatre troupe features highly experienced professional actors who challenge the status quo while providing a fully immersive experience involving the natural environment. 

Sound healing is a universally acknowledged way to improve physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Come you Spirits takes these principles and – working with their amazing Byron-based composer Brandon Read – create a soundscape that matches the specific frequencies of each of the energy centres (chakras). Large stones holding the principles of sacred geometry reflect and resonate sound in the space – just as in ancient temples.

Come and experience the magic of Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it; a balm for the mind, spirit, body and soul! 

Tuesday 24 to Sat 28 January under the trees of Marvell Hall Gardens, Marvell St in central Byron Bay. Alternating A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet in afternoon matinees, Macbeth and The Tempest in the evenings.

Summer finale: Sunday 29 January, 6pm performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads.

Full details and bookings at www.comeyouspirits.com.

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