Globe so­journ ‘mind-blow­ing’

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

Per­form­ing at the Globe The­atre in Lon­don is a rare op­por­tu­nity for any as­pir­ing young ac­tor – es­pe­cially one who lives on the other side of the world.

But that is ex­actly what Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Grace Drys­dale-Dunn will be do­ing in nine months time.

The 16-year-old has been se­lected for the pres­ti­gious Shakespeare Globe Cen­tre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Com­pany.

She was one of 24 stu­dents cho­sen from an orig­i­nal 5500 can­di­dates from across New Zealand.

‘‘When they called me I was kind of in shock – very, very happy,’’ she said.

‘‘It would be amaz­ing just to go [to the Globe The­atre], but to ac­tu­ally per­form there is kind of mind-blow­ing.’’

Grace was part of a Mata­mata Col­lege cast that won the Most Imag­i­na­tive and In­no­va­tive Pro­duc­tion Award at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Fes­ti­val in Wellington in June.

From there, she was se­lected for the Na­tional Shakespeare School Pro­duc­tion and spent a week at Scots Col­lege in Wellington.

The 46 stu­dents at the camp were split into three groups and spent the week in in­ten­sive work­shops and re­hearsals, be­fore per­form­ing at the col­lege and the Leg­isla­tive Cham­ber at Par­lia­ment.

‘‘It was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence, one of the best weeks of my life,’’ Grace said.

‘‘I met so many cool peo­ple. We be­came re­ally good friends.’’

Her group was di­rected by well-known New Zealand ac­tor and the­atre di­rec­tor Stuart Deve­nie.

‘‘He was just fan­tas­tic, and I learned so much from him in terms of act­ing and Shakespeare.

‘‘I have so much more ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Shakespeare and the depth of it now.’’

Grace plans on pur­su­ing act­ing as a ca­reer and hopes to be ac­cepted into a drama school over­seas when she fin­ishes school. ‘‘I just love act­ing,’’ she said. ‘‘ When I told my friends we were re­hears­ing five hours a day in Wellington they were like, ‘ how can you han­dle that?’ But I loved it.’’

The Young Shakespeare Com­pany will spend two weeks in Lon­don, re­hears­ing and then per­form­ing at the Globe The­atre.

They will also visit Strat­ford- uponAvon, the home­town of Shakespeare.

‘‘I have no idea how I’m go­ing to wait un­til next year,’’ Grace said. ‘‘I am so ex­cited.’’ She needs to raise $8500 for the trip and plans to spend the sum­mer fundrais­ing and babysit­ting.

Lon­don call­ing: Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Grace Drys­dale-Dunn has been se­lected for the Young Shakespeare Com­pany.

ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

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