Ned Manning has written ten scripts for The Bell Shakespeare Company’s Actors at Work program from 2005-2011, which were seen and enjoyed by up to 70,000 students a year from Groote Island to Tasmania.

Two teams of four actors travelled all over Australia introducing the world of Shakespeare to young people in schools of every shape and size.

Using contemporary references these scripts illuminate the themes, language and characters of Shakespeare’s plays by connecting his world to ours. The characters move in and out of Shakespeare’s scenes as they discuss and dissect pertinent questions that arise.

In seven of the scripts two plays are examined and compared within the context of a chosen theme. Love’s Magic examines the magic of love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. In the Conspirators script the political machinations of Julius Caesar and Othello are pitted against the political machinations that plague the contemporary political world.

Three 'Intensive' scripts have been written for senior students and examine each of Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet individually in detail. Ned was nominated for an AWGIE for Romeo and Juliet Intensive.

These scripts not only make Shakespeare accessible to young people but are both entertaining and informative for young people of all ages. I enjoyed working with Ned when he was employed to write these scripts for Bell Shakespeare and am happy that they are now available through AustralianPlays.org. 

John Bell A.O.
Co-Artistic Director
Bell Shakespeare 




Shakespeare for Australian Schools

MAGIC BOX by Ned Manning

An introduction to the world of William Shakespeare for primary schools, targeting grades ...

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LOVE'S MAGIC by Ned Manning

An exploration of Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for secondary students. ...

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ACTION INACTION by Ned Manning

An exploration of Hamlet and King Lear for secondary students. Action Inaction is an ex...

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CONSPIRATORS by Ned Manning

An exploration of Julius Caesar and Othello for secondary students. Four Actors explore...

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TRICK OR TREAT by Ned Manning

An exploration of Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice for secondary students. Tric...

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DAGGERS DRAWN by Ned Manning

An exploration of Julius Caesar and Macbeth for secondary students. This script focusse...

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TRUST AND BETRAYAL by Ned Manning

An exploration of Othello and Macbeth for senior secondary students. Macbeth meets Othe...

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HAMLET INTENSIVE by Ned Manning

A detailed examination of Hamlet for senior secondary students. Every generation has th...

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ROMEO AND JULIET INTENSIVE by Ned Manning

A detailed examination of Romeo & Juliet for senior secondary students. Four Actors dis...

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MACBETH INTENSIVE by Ned Manning

A detailed examination of Macbeth for senior secondary students. Four actors explore th...

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These scripts were originally developed as part of Bell Shakespeare’s Actors At Work programme, performed between the years 2005 – 2011. We would like to acknowledge the following people for their involvement and contribution to the development of these scripts: John Bell, Matt Edgerton (Director and dramaturg), Marion Potts (Director), John Sheedy (Director), Christopher Hurrell (Director), Naomi Edwards (Director), Damien Ryan (Director), Wayne Blair (Director), Sean O’Shea (Director) and the many actors who performed the plays around Australia.