Act­ing helps con­quer fear

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Bowen fell in love with act­ing at high school.

Kumeu ac­tor Reuben Bowen was afraid of pub­lic speak­ing in high school, but now he’s em­bark­ing on an act­ing ca­reer.

The 22-year-old is set to star in The Merry Wives of Wind­sor in the Auck­land Sum­mer Shake­speare Fes­ti­val, from Fe­bru­ary 18. The eight day fes­ti­val will see Bowen per­form in front of crowds of peo­ple – some­thing he’d never thought he’d do.

‘‘When I was a younger I was more into pa­le­on­tol­ogy, sci­ence and marine bi­ol­ogy.’’

But he took drama in year 10 be­cause he was ter­ri­fied of pub­lic speak­ing, and wanted to con­quer it.

‘‘I thought, ‘what­ever I did, if I got good at it, I’d have to speak in pub­lic’.’’

He fell in love with act­ing from there, he says.

‘‘As I got older I fell in love with telling sto­ries and the abil­ity to af­fect some­one, or to make them re­mem­ber some­thing im­por­tant.’’

Bowen left school in 2013 to study a Bach­e­lor of Per­form­ing and Screen Arts at Unitec. He grad­u­ated in 2015. In 2016 Bowen played Antony in Antony and Cleopa­tra at the Pop-up Globe, and the Pro­logue in Auck­land Shake­speare Com­pany’s Lu­crece project.

This year he’s set to star in The Merry Wives of Wind­sor di­rected by ex­pe­ri­enced the­atre prac­ti­tioner, Stu­art Deve­nie.

Orig­i­nally set up as as­sis­tant di­rec­tor to Deve­nie, he wound up in the lead role of Flagstaff.

Bowen will per­form­ing be in the Auck­land Sum­mer Shake­speare Fes­ti­val, be­neath the clock tower, at Univer­sity of Auck­land, Fe­bru­ary 18-25.

For more de­tails go to The Auck­land Shake­speare Com­pany Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

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