Grace dreams of Globe

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

A three-week trip to Wil­liam Shake­speare’s Globe the­atre has made Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Grace Drysdale- Dunn more de­ter­mined than ever.

Grace hopes to one day tread the boards of the fa­mous the­atre in a full length Shake­speare play.

The Year 13 stu­dent, who was one of 24 New Zealand stu­dents se­lected for the three week trip, was al­ready plan­ning to study drama at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity in Wellington next year but is now con­sid­er­ing go­ing on ex­change to London in her sec­ond year as she is ‘‘des­per­ate to get back there’’.

Grace said chat­ting to the pro­fes­sional ac­tors at The Globe made her think that act­ing there would be her ideal life­style.

The high school stu­dents per­formed ex­cerpts of Julius Cae­sar after watch­ing the pro­fes­sion­als per­form it, and two other plays, to sell-out crowds.

‘‘We per­formed to 300 which was in­sane, imag­ine per­form­ing to over a thou­sand peo­ple,’’ Grace said.

One of the plays, Ti­tus An­dron­i­cus, lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion as the Bard’s most gory and bloody plays.

‘‘It cer­tainly was. I got some fake blood on me.’’

The third play was and Cleopa­tra.

The stu­dents were treated as pro­fes­sional ac­tors dur­ing the trip, which took place dur­ing their school hol­i­days and first

Antony week of term three, so they could see how hard the in­dus­try was.

‘‘We did not get to bed un­til 11 and we were up at six. It was not a break at all but it was the best three weeks of my life.’’

Grace had two dream char­ac­ters she would love to play.

One is Lady Mac­beth, which she per­formed in the col­lege’s She­lia Winn en­try which re­sulted in the Globe trip. The other is Beatrice from Much Ado About Noth­ing be­cause she is fiery, she said.

Her trip was made pos­si­ble by her drama teacher Miss McBean turn­ing her onto Shake­speare and fundrais­ing by Mata­mata Col­lege, Mata­mata Ath­let­ics Club and the Mata­mata Brass Band.

Fel­low Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Kelly Peter­son will go to Na­tional Shake­speare School Pro­duc­tion work­shops in Septem­ber along with 100 other stu­dents.

If Kelly’s per­for­mance is deemed good enough then she will follow Drysdale- Dunn’s foot­steps and per­form at The Globe next June.


CEN­TRE STAGE: Grace Drysdale-Dunn, cen­tre, with other New Zealand high school stu­dents on stage at Wil­liam Shake­speare’s Globe The­atre.

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