Grace dreams of Globe
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.