Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival (SGCNZ UOSWSF) provides audiences with the chance of being stimulated by the most outstanding 5- and 15-minute scenes from any of Shakespeare’s plays, selected from SGCNZ’s 24 Regional Festivals nationwide.
Secondary students from Year 7-13 rise to the honour of treading the boards in Wellington’s prestigious Michael Fowler Centre over Queen’s Birthday weekend. In their 28th year, the Festivals are a fusion of art forms – theatre, dance, music, blended with cultures. However, “the play’s the thing”! Stay all day on Saturday and Sunday of Queen’s Birthday weekend, or pop in and be astounded at what is in store.
There is no limit to the settings, styles and shaping of the scenes to reflect the “imaginary forces” of these students from schools of all deciles and a growing number of home-schooled students. The Sunday performances conclude with special guest performers and short talks by inspiring SGCNZ Alumni, and are followed by a separate event, the SGCNZ National UOSWSF Competition Prize-giving and Scene Award Ceremony.