Sport for Jove’s Cyrano de Bergerac won several gongs at the Sydney Theatre Awards in January. A fantastic achievement for a company barely five years old, founded by Hills Shire residents Damien and Bernadette Ryan in 2009. An independent theatre company, Sport for Jove expanded from an outdoor season of Shakespeare in the Hills district to include venues at Leura and Faulconbridge in this latest summer season.
The company is notable for its refreshing, contemporary interpretations of plays which engage the interest of school students and seasoned audiences. Damien grew up in Mt Druitt, where his love of Shakespeare was inspired by his mother. Bernadette is a graduate of Theatre Nepean UWS.
Now an indoor theatre season celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in 2014 with a production of Twelfth Night at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, from March 5 to April 9 and All’s Well That Ends Well at the Seymour Centre, from March 27 to April 12. In July, they partner with another company to present The Doll’s House at the Seymour Centre.