Shake Alive 2016

SGCNZ ALUMNUS

Juliette Bernard (SGCNZ NSSP 2016, SGCNZ YSC 2017)

This time last year Juliette Bernard was in London having an “experience of a lifetime.” Since coming home from this trip she finds herself, almost daily, reflecting on the experience. As a student currently studying theatre she couldn’t put a price on her Shakespeare trip last year. Juliette absolutely loved that they were immersed in Shakespeare, from going to watch his plays, having lectures on the context of the plays in London at the time, how we can still find relevance in Shakespeare’s work today, how to physicalise Shakespeare’s work, to learning how to speak Shakespearean English and so much more. The knowledge and wisdom gained over that trip is such that she couldn’t get anywhere else in the world. As an actor she got an insight into what it would be like to act in London or to study further in a professional sector and that has inspired her. Shakespeare’s work will always have an even more special place in her heart as a result of this trip. And it is when she looks back at this adventure that she is also reminded of all the good reasons why she is studying theatre.