Shirley’s special lunch
Deniliquin’s Shirley Huntly was treated to lunch by a travelling trio of actors this week, one of whom happens to be her grandson, Chris Huntly-Turner.
Mrs Huntly and the stars of the Pop-up Globe production, which opened in Melbourne yesterday, dined at the RSL Club on Wednesday.
Chris was accompanied by fellow actors Stanley Andrew Jackson III, from the United States, and Jonathan Tynan-Moss, originally from the UK, on the road trip to Deni.
He said the trip was mainly to catch up with his grandma but also to show his costars ‘‘a bit of country New South Wales’’ while on a couple of days off after moving the production from New Zealand to Melbourne.
‘‘The guys saw their first kangaroo and we went for a swim at McLean Beach and had lunch at the RSL — it’s the proper Australian experience.
‘‘We also went for a kick of the footy at the Deni Rams’ oval, and Stanley described Deniliquin as a ‘lovely city’.’’
Earlier this year, Mrs Huntly flew to Auckland to watch Chris star in the Pop-up Globe productions, and said she ‘‘loved’’ the performances.
The Pop-up Globe is a full-size working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, Shakespeare’s the second Globe.
Chris stars in two Pop-up Globe King’s Company productions alongside Stanley and Jonathan, As You Like It and Henry V.
‘‘The Pop-up Globe is showing four productions at the moment, and the King’s Company is all males,’’ he said.
While Chris plays Le Beau in As You Like It, Jonathan and Stanley star as female characters Rosalind and Celia.
‘‘The productions have a bit of everything — drama, comedy, and Stanley and Johnny both dress up as famous female characters,’’ Chris said.
‘‘There’s everything from guys dressed as women to guys dressed in shining armour,’’ Jonathan added.
Shirley Huntly with actors Stanley Andrew Jackson III, Jonathan Tynan-Moss and her grandson Chris Huntly-Turner at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Wednesday.