Southern View: October 30, 2018

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Tuesday October 30 2018

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SOUTHERN VIEW

Love of Shakespeare gets Ruby to UK

Globe Theatre

beckons for

Cashmere actor

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

THE WORK of William

Shakespeare hasn’t always been

a passion for Cashmere’s Ruby

Anderson.

But wanting to jump at any

opportunity to perform, she

was drawn into the playwright’s

theatrical work when she

took part in the national

SGCNZ University of Otago

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare

festival last year.

Now Ruby, 17, has been

selected alongside Christchurch

Rudolf Steiner School student

Quinn Kueppers to travel to

London to take part in an

intensive theatre programme

based around the Shakespeare’s

work.

The St Margaret’s College

student said since taking part

in the festival, she had fostered

“such a love” for Shakespeare.

In fact when she took part

in it again this year, she was

compelled to direct and perform

a piece from Shakespeare’s

comedy As You Like It alongside

fellow student Emily Stewart.

The work was recognised with

a range of awards in both the

ON STAGE: Quinn Kueppers (second from left) and St Margaret’s College student Ruby

Anderson (third from left) performing William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at the

SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production.

PHOTO: LARA MACGREGOR

regional and national sections of

the festival. “I think Shakespeare

for young people is dubbed

as non-relevant for people or

maybe not accessible to a young

generation but I think that

stigma is just so wrong,” she said.

She said the way his work has

lasted so long throughout history

is unlike any other author and

it is a testament to his work and

longevity.

Ruby and Quinn will join

24 students from around the

country in the Shakespeare

Globe Centre New Zealand

Young Shakespeare Company.

The students will travel to

London in July.

Quinn said just seeing London

will be amazing, but he is

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looking forward to working with

the directors and performing at

the Globe Theatre the most.

They were selected from 48

students who took part in the

SGCNZ National Shakespeare

Schools Production at Dunedin

earlier this month.

The 48 students were whittled

down from 5000 who took part

in a series of national SGCNZ

University of Otago Sheilah

Winn Shakespeare festivals.

Ruby said she already has

a good bond with the other

students travelling to London

and is excited to work with them

again. “I am absolutely humbled

I have been selected for such an

opportunity,” she said.

Established in 1991, the

programme has seen 520

students travel to Shakespeare’s

Globe in London. The theatre

is a reconstruction of the Globe

Theatre which was built in 1599

by Shakespeare’s company Lord

Chamberlain’s Men. The twoweek

theatrical programme will

see the students take part in 12

rehearsals with Globe director

Tim Walker before they perform

for the public.

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