Stu­dents on life­time Shake­speare jour­ney

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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.

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GLOBE TROT­TER: Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Grace Drys­daleDunn will soon be per­form­ing in Shake­speare’s Julius Cae­sar at The Globe in Lon­don.

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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.

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