Otago Girls' High School art and graphics pupil Hannah
Dockerty has had one of her costume designs selected to be
created for the final of the Bernina Shakespeare Globe
costume design competition in Wellington next month. Photo
by Linda Robertson.
It is rare to see Hannah Dockerty without her sketch pad
The 16-year-old Otago Girls' High School art and graphics
pupil takes them almost everywhere - for when inspiration
Fortunately, she had the tools with her when the idea struck
to create costumes for characters in a Shakespeare play she
was studying in English.
As a result, her colour sketch for a costume befitting
Beatrice in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is one of
four costume designs from pupils across the country selected
for the final of the Bernina Shakespeare Globe costume design
competition in Wellington next month.
A Wellington costumier is turning her design into the real
thing so it can be displayed during the Sheilah Winn Festival
of Shakespeare in Schools at Queen's Birthday weekend.
If her costume wins, it could be sent to London to be
displayed at the Globe Theatre for six weeks.
Hannah said her costume incorporated elements of information
about the character.
''There are words cut into the skirt - they're quotes from
''It's a very witty play with a lot of play on words.
''I feel a bit sorry for the person who has to cut the words
out of the dress.''
Hannah was delighted to have reached the final, because it
provided an opportunity to see her design brought to
She was also excited about the prospect of having it
displayed in London, at the home of Shakespearean theatre.
''Having so many people from Shakespearean drama see it,
means it may open doors for me in a design career.
''If it wins, it will be awesome.''
Hannah said whether or not she wins, she has been inspired to
pursue a career in design, so she will continue to carry her
sketch pad and pencils with her.
''You never know when inspiration will strike.
''If I don't have my pad, it's no problem. I just draw
anywhere - you should see my physics book.''