Shakespearean actor Matthew Scadden has been selected to perform at the Globe Theatre in London. Photo by Craig Baxter
Matthew Scadden is seldom short of something to say about
But when it comes to explaining how he feels about being
selected to perform at the Globe Theatre in London, the
Shakespearean actor is uncharacteristically lost for words.
The 18-year-old former Logan Park High School pupil is one of
24 Shakespearean actors from across the country selected for
the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand 2014 Young
He will spend three weeks at the Globe Theatre in July, where
he will receive tuition from directors before performing in
Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar.
''Performing at the Globe, in some respects, is the pinnacle
of Shakespearean acting.
''I was talking to my drama teacher about it, and she said
there were people who ushered at the Globe Theatre just to be
in that environment.
''So, from the point of view of developing as an actor, it's
working with some of the top directors in the world at one of
the top theatres in the world - it's a place which is steeped
in so much history ...
''It's hard to describe how I feel about going there.''
Mr Scadden was surprised by his selection after competing in
the SGCNZ national Shakespeare schools' production last year.
''I never expected to get this far. It was the first time I
entered the national schools' production, so I didn't even
know this was a possibility for me.
''It's an unbelievable opportunity. It's awesome.''
Mr Scadden is studying first-year politics and music at the
University of Otago this year.
But after winning the trip to the Globe Theatre, he is
thinking more seriously about turning his skill in
Shakespearean theatre into a career.
''Acting is my real passion, but I don't want to narrow in on
it too fast.
''I'm keeping my options open and possibly keeping some bread
and butter options available as well, just in case it doesn't
Mr Scadden will spend the next two months raising the $9000
needed for the heavily subsidised trip.