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Shakespeare in Wellington

“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players.”

Over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, six Macleans students attended the Shakespeare Globe NZ National Festival in Wellington. The cast consisted of Praharsh Bahl, Joshua Bruce, Abhishek Chawla, Aditi Gorasia, Arya Harilal and Christine Shao. The students won the 15 minute award at the South Auckland regional festival and as a result, were invited to attend the annual festival held at Wellington College.

They performed a comedic piece from A Midsummer Night’s Dream…with a twist. Set in Mumbai, India, with the characters participating in a TV reality show, Oberon and Puck take inspiration from Kim and Rob Kardashian as they find entertainment in meddling in the lives of four lovers. The cast performed in front of 500 like-minded students and were exposed to the dynamics and components of what it takes to put on a good show.

Sheilah Winn 2 Sheilah Winn 4

They also watched ‘Equivocation’, a play directed by Peter Hambleton and attended several workshops. A particular favourite of theirs was that of Miranda Harcourt’s. As Christine Shao said, “She really opened our eyes to the idea that acting is so much more than the delivery of a text, it’s about connecting with your fellow actors as well as your audience.”

All in all, Sheilah Winn was an extremely worthwhile experience; the cast learnt so much, and forged many friendships and memories. Sheilah Winnis definitely something to be involved in –both for appreciating Shakespeare’s work in action, and for the fun and memories.

By Arya Harilal. Edited by Keniel Yao.

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