Queen's High School pupils perform a scene from The Tempest
at the opening of the University of Otago Sheilah Winn
Shakespeare Festival, at the Kings and Queens Performing
Arts Centre on Wednesday night. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Shakespeare fans have been lending their ears to pupils
More than 200 pupils from 13 Otago secondary schools
performed in the 2014 University of Otago Sheilah Winn
Shakespeare Festival, which finished at the Kings and Queens
Performing Arts Centre last night.
The young Shakespeareans performed 15-minute scenes or
five-minute excerpts from 15 of the bard's plays, in the hope
of qualifying for the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand
Festival, in Wellington at Queen's Birthday Weekend.
The national festival was established in 1992 to enhance life
skills through the study, production and performance of
Shakespearean works, Otago co-ordinator Erina Caradus said
''Shakespeare is still very popular in schools,'' Mrs Caradus
''Some pupils might find it a bit boring to read, at first,
but when they start acting the scenes out they get hooked.
The plots still have so much relevance when you bring them to
"The younger ones like Macbeth, because it is so dramatic and
there are witches in it.''
A Denise Walsh ensemble award was presented in honour of the
late Logan Park High School drama teacher, who died last
month after inspiring generations of Dunedin pupils and being
awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for her
services to youth theatre.
A national workshop with Shakespeare tutors will be held in
Dunedin from September 27 to October 5.
Best 15-minute scene (teacher directed): from King
Lear, Logan Park High School (director Sarah
Best five-minute excerpt (student directed): from Romeo
and Juliet, Columba College (director Hannah
Direct entry to national schools Shakespeare production:
Matawai Uiti Ne-Nicolls, Queen's High School.