Stu­dents se­lected to grace Globe stage

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

When three North­land stu­dents each per­formed a scene from a Shake­speare play as part of a na­tional chal­lenge, they never imag­ined it would lead them to the stage as­so­ci­ated with the fa­mous play­wright.

Tau­raroa Area School Year 13 stu­dent Llewe­lyn Year­bury-mur­phy, Kamo High School Year 13 stu­dent Maea Shep­herd and Whanga¯ rei Girls’ High School Year 12 stu­dent Rea­gan Field­ing are three of 24 across the coun­try se­lected to per­form at Shake­speare’s Globe in Lon­don next July.

“I was over the moon,” said Year­bury­mur­phy.

“I love Shake­speare and act­ing is what I want to do so to have an op­por­tu­nity to go over to Lon­don to per­form is in­cred­i­ble.”

The stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity be­cause they en­tered the Shake­speare Globe Cen­tre New Zealand’s (SGCNZ) Uni­ver­sity of Otago Sheilah Winn Shake­speare Fes­ti­val. They all per­formed a scene in groups at the Te Tai Tok­erau re­gional com­pe­ti­tion in March.

Mur­phy’s and Field­ing’s groups made it to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Welling­ton in June, and from there they were in­di­vid­u­ally se­lected to at­tend the SGCNZ Na­tional Shake­speare Schools

Pro­duc­tion in Dunedin in Septem­ber.

Mean­while, Shep­herd skipped the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and went straight to Dunedin.

All three stu­dents were se­lected, from the 48 who took part in Dunedin event, to go to Lon­don.

Year­bury-mur­phy, who will be study­ing the­atre at Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity of Welling­ton next year and wants to be an ac­tor, said per­form­ing at the Globe was one of his dreams.

“To be able to achieve it is pretty in­cred­i­ble to me. I didn’t think I was go­ing to get se­lected.”

Shep­herd, who will be study­ing per­form­ing arts at Whi­tireia next year, said she was in dis­be­lief when she found out she was se­lected.

“That could be ca­reer-chang­ing. Who know what con­tacts I make through this.”

Each stu­dent has to raise about $9000 for the trip.

Year­bury-mur­phy is work­ing and will be hold­ing a craft fair and per­for­mance evening at the River­side The­atre on Fe­bru­ary 16; Shep­herd will be face paint­ing at Christ­mas events and is or­gan­is­ing a va­ri­ety show at the Oc­tagon The­atre; Field­ing will think about fundrais­ing af­ter her ex­ams end.

PHOTO / LARA MCGRE­GOR

Llewe­lyn Year­bury-mur­phy (left), from Tau­raroa Area School, and Whanga¯ rei Girls’ High School’s Rea­gan Field­ing in Antony and Cleopa­tra.

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