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Intro to Shakespeare by the Lakes IV


[Now look, I know a lot of people who wrote program introductions like this at times like these (ie; 545, 1350, 1666, 1920*) probably wrote that they never thought that they’d write their particular program introduction - even though writing that was a cliche because obviously they ended up writing theirs. For the record, it's totally different when I write it and not at all a cliche, because I really thought I wouldn’t write this.]


Canberra pals of friendly, free Shakespeare - ie, every one of you - I never thought I’d be writing this introduction to the e-Program for Shakespeare by the Lakes IV: As You Like It. In truth, the Lakespeare team has been pulled rather roughly through the wringer since Shakespeare by the Lakes III: A Midsummer Night’s Dream was performed during those February 2020 salad days twixt the ebb of the Black Summer fires and the swell of COVID.


Since Christmas 2020, some sponsors have stepped back from their support for community events like ours, while the ACT Government’s restructuring of its Arts Grants program away from free, accessible events like this leaves us without any local or federal support in 2022. 


Anyway, welcome to our fourth go at making great things happen in parks next to Canberra’s lakes. Take it away William;


Sweet are the uses of adversity,

Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;

And this our life exempt from public haunt

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

Sermons in stones and good in every thing.


William wrote what Lakespeare has done. By taking heart in adversity, we have gained by it. The tough road Lakespeare is walking makes presenting As You Like it this summer to you, for free, that much better. 


As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies. It is a perfect tonic for these angsty times and our in-our-opinion definitive production stars some of Canberra’s finest established and emerging actors. They are being directed by Tony Knight, the ex-head of Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and it’s brilliant. 


It’s brilliant because of our volunteer production team and our volunteers. And because of the Rotary Club of Tuggeranong.


It’s brilliant thanks to marketing support from Events ACT and because of our three three-time sponsors, who are now four-time season sponsors  - South.Point Tuggeranong, Capital Advisory Kingston and McDonalds Tuggeranong. They have been joined this year by McCann Properties and we have been re-joined by Vikings Group, our first ever major sponsor. Please look after them, because without them, no us.


Free costs money but many of you have already gone above and beyond by surging us past $3000 to pay for one more free show this year. We need $7000. So please keep doing it! You can donate one (or a lot more) dollar(s) at


To help us raise money for this year’s free shows and next year’s free shows, we are also putting on a few boutique performances this season that have a cover-charge with a price point for everyone. For instance, our performances at Poachers Pantry will be complemented by a premium three course experience. Buy something special for someone specialer (and yourself) at


We’re very glad you can join us again, as in this 2022 summer we make the parks next to lakes all over Canberra our stage for fun, adventure and romance. Together, we’ll hurdle ‘adversity’ and discover the ‘good in every thing’.


‘Cause ain’t we all merely players?


* The Plague of Justinian, the Black Death, The Great Plague of London, the Spanish Flu.

The Lakespeare Team


Taimus Werner-Gibbings

Katerina Smalley

Paul Leverenz

Associate Producer:

Heidi Silberman

Artistic Consultant:

Duncan Driver

Working Group:

Denise Carlton

Cathy Day

Andrew Bell

Auditor: Brian Thomas