PLAY Sonnet 23

As an unperfect actor on the stage,
Who with his fear is put beside his part,
Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage,
Whose strength’s abundance weakens his own heart;
So I, for fear of trust, forget to say
The perfect ceremony of love’s rite,
And in mine own love’s strength seem to decay,
O’ercharged with burthen of mine own love’s might.
O! let my looks be then the eloquence
And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,
Who plead for love, and look for recompense,
More than that tongue that more hath more express’d.
     O! learn to read what silent love hath writ:
     To hear with eyes belongs to love’s fine wit.

 

Analysis

Sonnet 23 is an apology for being unable to accurately express love in words, and a request for actions to be understood in their place.

Having committed himself a bit more than he intended, Willy is now stuck explaining why at times he is tongue-tied in his love’s company. It is, he says, mainly due to the sheer size of his love, the hugeness of it becoming a burden almost too large to carry. He is like an actor who cannot remember his lines, or a wild beast in a fury thrashing around, achieving nothing for all his efforts. He asks his love come to the rescue by understanding what his looks say, how they speak of the love buried within, even more so than that other guy, who is so glib with his tongue. Although love is blind, he has the ability to hear with his eyes.

Will’s Wordplay

An “unperfect actor” is one who is underrehearsed and can’t remember their lines. This is a counter to the “perfect ceremony” he would like to recite.

“presagers” are prophets

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s Harbour, known as Port Jackson, is the heart of Sydney and home to icons like
the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. This protected inlet and its surrounds, once
occupied by the Indigenous Eora clans, was discovered by explorer Captain James Cook in
1770. In 1788, Port Jackson was settled by the first European colonists. Sydney city grew
from the continued arrival of colonists, many of whom were convicts sent to serve out a
minimum 7 years sentence, but who usually remained in Australia for life.

Today, Sydney Harbour is the centre of Australia’s largest city and a destination for
travellers from all over the world. The evolution of Sydney from its colonial origins into a
thriving modern day city can be seen at every turn when visiting the Harbour. Historic
Circular Quay, once Sydney’s main shipping port, remains the hub of Sydney’s Ferry
service and a destination for international cruise ships. The Harbour Bridge, completed in
1932, springs from one of the oldest settlements in Sydney and connects Sydneysiders to
destinations on the North Shore like the enigmatic amusement park Luna Park, built in
1935. The Sydney Opera House, opened in 1973, is one of Australia’s most famous
landmarks and can be spotted from multiple vantage points all over the Harbour.

Often misrepresented in popular culture, with parts of its geography even erased at
times, Sydney’s Harbour is a protected body of water with a complex shore line and is a
hive of activity. An easy walk or a pleasant ferry ride will take you to each of Sydney’s
iconic destinations in a matter of minutes. Sydney Harbour is also the centre of Sydney’s
spectacular fireworks display each New Years Eve and home to the Vivid Sydney festival,
which surrounds the Harbour in immersive light installations.

This film showcases the eclectic beauty of Sydney Harbour, and features the following
unique harbour side spots: Circular Quay, The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Botanic
Gardens, lovely views from one of Sydney’s many Ferries, Luna Park and Milson’s Point
train station on the North Shore, and returns to the Overseas Passenger Terminal for an
amazing view of the Sydney Opera House as it lights up for Vivid Sydney.

ACTOR – Seaton Kay-Smith

Seaton studied acting at Screenwise College. In 2011 he started performing stand up
comedy, which eventually led to working on The Roast (ABC2), where he played various
supporting characters. He continues to write, produce and act in short films, sketch
comedy, theatre and is a regular on the Sydney stand up comedy circuit. In 2017 he
acted in Zelos, a feature film currently in post production.

DIRECTOR – Margaret M. MacDonald

Margaret has fifteen years of experience in film and theatre in Los Angeles, New York and
currently Sydney, Australia. She began her career as a production designer and has
designed sets, props and costumes for myriad productions on stage and screen.
Margaret is also is a multi-award winning screenwriter, with several features having
placed in the top tier of international competitions. In 2015, Margaret made her
directorial debut with #1 at the Apocalypse Box Office, a short film adapted from her
feature screenplay. She recently completed production of the feature film Enter
Sanctum, a sci-fi, thriller she wrote and produced, which will be due for international
release in 2018. Margaret continues to work as a production designer while writing and
developing other projects and hopes to direct her first feature film soon.