Students on lifetime Shakespeare journey
Matamata College student Grace Drysdale-Dunn can’t believe performing in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition has resulted in her performing in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar at The Globe in London.
‘‘To even go to The Globe is insane for an actor, let alone perform there,’’ she said.
Grace, who left New Zealand on Friday, will rehearse for two weeks at the theatre with 23 other actors and then perform Julius Caesar for the public.
The group of New Zealand students will then visit Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford upon Avon.
The Year 13 student said she fell in love with the playwright’s work when she went to the National Shakespeare School Production (NSSP) workshops.
Fellow student Kelly Peterson will go to NSSP in September along with 100 other students.
If her performance is deemed good enough she will be one of 20 going to perform at The Globe next June. The playwright’s old English prose has not put off the actors.
‘‘ What I like about Shakespeare is that you can speak another language but you still feel the same emotions,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘Even though the plays were written over 400 years ago the themes are still universal.’’ The actors both wanted to thank their drama teacher Miss McBean for all her directing and tips.
Grace also thanked those who helped with her fundraising, in particular Matamata College, Matamata Athletics Club and the Matamata Brass Band.
GLOBE TROTTER: Matamata College student Grace DrysdaleDunn will soon be performing in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar at The Globe in London.
HOPEFUL: Matamata College student Kelly Peterson is going to National Shakespeare School Production in September and may be selected to perform at The Globe next June.