COVID LEVEL KILLS SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN
SGCNZ is extremely sad to report that it has been necessary to cancel today’s event, Shakesbeer in the Garden, owing to the effect in Wellington of the raising of the Covid Lockdown to Level 2.
We are very grateful to facilitators of the event, Southern Cross Tavern and Garden Bar and the Garage Project and collaborators, Playshop and Mr Wizowski, as well as our own Interns, Volunteers and staff (of 2,) for their efforts towards endeavouring to make this much needed fund-raising event for SGCNZ happen. We are very upset that it can’t.
Thank you to all who planned to attend. Refunds will be made to ticketholders via Eventbrite
This February, Garage Project, Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, Playshop & Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant join forces once again to bring you a fundraiser with a difference. Come on down & enjoy a bit of The Bard in The Garden Bar!
Join PlayShop as they perform Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before (or again). From the best improvisors at this event, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastrol-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited, an entirely new Shakespeare play created before your very eyes! These talented thespians will interact with all, groundlings to gallows, to ensure a lively and memorable evening. If we be waspish, best beware our sting.
In honour of the event, Garage Project will be treating us to a special charity batch of Ruffneck: an all new beer brewed just for this event. Full proceeds from the first keg will be going directly to SGCNZ, which will be pouring from a pop up bar in the Garden.
TICKETS | Buy Now
Tickets will be limited, and are available via Eventbrite, or at the door (limited availability). All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated directly to SGCNZ – read more about this awesome not-for-profit organisation below!
$20 – Adults
$15 – Concession, Students, Under 25s* (with ID), SGCNZ members
$10 – Children (under 12)*
Children under 5 are free.
* as we’re a licensed venue, those under 18 must be accompanied by at least one of their parents to attend the show.
Booking fees apply.
Eventbrite ticket sales end at 4.30pm on Friday 26th of February. Door Sales will be available at the event, from 4pm.
4.00PM Doors open
4:30PM Live music (pre-show entertainment)
5PM Show begins (Act I)
5:45PM Interval (30 mins)
6.15PM Show resumes (Act II)
7PM Show ends
Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) is celebrating its 30th year! Over 122,000 students have participated in its Festivals and 5000+ in their other programmes. On the website sgcnz.org.nz, find out about the various events and ways to be involved throughout the year.
SGCNZ is a not-for-profit life skills enhancing organisation through Shakespeare. Developing skills of young people, including collaboration, co-operation, compromise, and at the same time, leadership, self-presentation, self- confidence, self-esteem, time management, project management and performance evaluation are just some of the key skills SGCNZ enhances. SGCNZ relies on $800,000 each year in cash and in-kind to provide its opportunities and activities! Some 5750 participants benefit, and more than 220,000 fill theatres and halls annually to enjoy the performances by our young people from 5 years old to the very mature of all ethnicities and sectors.
This wonderfully lively event is a greatly valued – do join in the fun!
What if the City was a Theatre? | SGCNZ presents Will on Cue
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, SGCNZ is delighted to be a part of WHAT IF THE CITY WAS A THEATRE? Encouraging audiences to rethink the limits of public space. This programme presents an invitation to take to the streets, and experience internationally acclaimed free arts performance in the places you least expect it.
If “All the world’s a stage”, Wellington certainly is! SGCNZ is proud to be presenting Alumni and groups who will introduce 10 edited plays and hand out cue-scripts to passers-by to brush up their Bardish skills!
Will on Cue | Programme
13 Feb, 2:30pm, Henry V, Top of Botanical Gardens
14 Feb, 2:30pm, King Lear, Freyberg Beach
18 Feb, 12:30pm, Antony and Cleopatra, Outside St Andrew’s on the Terrace
19 Feb, 12:30pm, Hamlet, Bolton St Cemetery
20 Feb, 2:30pm, Cymbeline, Queen Victoria Statue between Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace
25 Feb, 12:30pm, Merchant of Venice, Midland Park
26 Feb, 12:30pm, The Tempest, Waitangi Park
27 Feb, 2:30pm, King John, Parliament grounds
Pearls of Wisdom Quote Competition
Pearls of wisdom from the Bard himself are the perfect thing to celebrate SGCNZ’s ‘pearler’ of an Anniversary year!
Each working day outside ShakesHQ we are decorating the pavement with chalked Shakespeare quotations and posting them to Facebook.
To reward our dedicated Facebook fans we have decided to run a competition with these Pearls of Wisdom. Each month, the first person to send in a complete list of the previous month’s pavement quotes, having guessed the correct character and play or sonnet for each quote, will receive a prize pack consisting of a SGCNZ pen, quotation notepad and a set of four postcards!
The entry forms can be downloaded here in editable and printable formats.
Entries can be returned via email email@example.com or posted to PO Box 17 215, Wellington 6147. Postal entries must notify us via phone or email of their entry.
Winners will be posted to this page and notified directly.
Visit www.facebook.com/sgcnz to see the quotes for yourself
We also encourage you to chalk the pavement with your favourite quotes and share them on with us on social media using the tag #sgcnzpearlsofwisdom. You can also email them to us too!
We always welcome new and updated Alumni bios and would love to hear what you have been up to since you were last involved with SGCNZ!
Alumni bios feature prominently on a dedicated section of our website, and come from those involved in every facet of SGCNZ! Post Festivals, competitions, training courses and Fellowships, we love to hear where you have ventured in every profession- “all the world’s a stage…” after all.
We would love to promote your projects too! Send us the details, so that we can share them on our social media channels and in our newsletter Accent on Shakespeare when and where possible.
Alumni bios should be approximately 200 words long and include a low-resolution image (1MB max).
For more information about Alumni Bios and promotion opportunities or to send us your updates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SGCNZ 20th Anniversary Year 2021
Stay tuned for an amazing plethora of events, to be announced soon!
Wellington Shakespeare Society Upcoming Events
The Wellington Shakespeare Society meets at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of each month to relish the works of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s plays are read and analysed. Guest speakers present lectures. Activities include: Shakespeare play readings, annual video/DVD evening, lectures and talks
Our regular meeting space is Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace (off Hill Street), Thorndon
New members of all ages are welcome.
Wellington Shakespeare Society programme for 2020 will be updated when dates are confirmed
Enquiries to Robert Gordon (Memberships) M: 021 395 896 or Brian Pearl 04 479 3983
Garage Project, Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, The Improvisors & Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant joined forces in November to bring another fundraiser with a difference.
The event began with live music by Coral Trimmer and Gilbert Haisman. The Improvisors performed Shakespearean drama as you’ve never seen it before and may never see it again – the scenes, the soliloquies, the sonnets that the Bard would have written – if only he’d had more time. Their team of talented performers made it all up on the spot, drawing on audience ideas and suggestions.
In honour of the event, Garage Project treated us to a special charity batch of Full Fathom Five: an original English IPA with a brave new world twist. This beer was first brewed in 2017 specially for Shakespeare in the Garden. Full proceeds from the keg went directly to SGCNZ. To complete the festivities, a traditional roast dinner was available from The Southern Cross kitchen.
ShakesBeer in the Garden 2018
PlayShop whipped up a storm at Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant on Sunday the 25th of November, presenting an improv performance loosely based on The Tempest.
PlayShop brings you Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it, even if you came last year. From the best improvisors at this event, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastrol-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited, an entirely new tempestuous Shakespeare play created before your very eyes. We are such improvisors as new plays are made (up) on (the spot), and our little plays are rounded with a jig.
To complement it, Garage Project re-produced the appropriately named Full Fathom Five. There was music to begin the event, and a themed traditional roast dinner available throughout the event.
PlayShop comprises largely of SGCNZ Alumni. The staff at The Southern Cross dressed in Shakespearean costumes, as did the staff and interns of SGCNZ, all making for a delightful, bubbly, colourful experience.
Delighted to be part of the inaugural New Zealand Theatre Month, Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) and Wellington Shakespeare Society (WSS) staged a reading of The Eternal Woman of William Shakespeare, first written and performed some 40 years ago. Its relevance to this 125th Suffrage year did not go unnoticed either.
Cue-script staged readings of The Eternal Woman of William Shakespeare by Rhona Davis MBE were held on 13 September 2018 at 88 The Terrace and 25 September at The Hannah Playhouse Bar, Cambridge Terrace.
ShakesBeer in the Garden 2017
In November 2017 Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, PlayShop, Garage Project and Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ joined forces once again to present a fundraiser with a difference.
PlayShop performed Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before: from the best improvisors, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastrol-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited, an entirely new Shakespeare play was created before the audience’s eyes.
In honour of the event, Garage Project treated us to a delicious new English style IPA, created specially for the occasion and served from nitrogen charged cans: an old classic with a brave new world twist. To complete the festivities, a traditional roast dinner was served in the Garden Bar at the interval.
Shakespeare’s compass of the human condition is unrivalled, and includes the darkest as well as the brightest parts of the soul. On the 2nd of November 2017, the Midsummer Night Players presented excerpts from three of the Bard’s dramas – Richard III, Julius Caesar and Macbeth – illustrating the different facets of the evolution of evil and bloodshed at Connolly Hall in Thorndon. An hour of high drama, high poetry and the anatomy of conspiratorial murder.
A forum after the performance was chaired by SGCNZ Alumni Maddie Brooks-Gillespie and Zoe Hancox-Monk.
The Midsummer Night Players:
– Michaeljohn Butcher
– Emanuel E. Garcia (also Director)
– Tom Martin
– Julia Maria Seemann
BEN CRYSTAL EVENTS 2017 ~ coordinated by SGCNZ
Ben Crystal is a UK Actor/Writer/Producer who, with his father, David, has specialised in Original Pronunciation of Shakespeare. In 2011 he performed the title role in the world contemporary premier of Hamlet in OP, and in 2012 he was the curator and creative director on a CD of Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation for the British Library. In 2017 SGCNZ brought Ben to New Zealand for an extraordinary tour of talks and performances.
Crystal Clear Shakespeare
Presented by Ben Crystal with SGCNZ Alumni in Circa Two
Wednesday 31 May – Saturday 3 June 7:30pm 2017
What did Shakespeare’s plays sound like in his day? How did those couplets rhyme?
UK actor, prolific author and presenter of Original Pronunciation (OP), Ben Crystal worked with a troupe of renowned SGCNZ Alumni, exploring the fascinating original sound of Shakespeare’s plays. They perform a Shakespeare Showcase of famous scenes, sonnets, songs, speeches and soliloquies in OP, readings full of rhyme, rhythm, and a very subtle humour. And a not-so-subtle one too.
Ben is a producer and artistic director of Passion in Practice and its Shakespeare Ensemble.
Pop-Up Shakespeare at the Wellington Central Library
Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand organised for actors from local theatre groups to come in to Wellington Central Library once a month to perform scenes from famous plays throughout 2016. Audience members were encouraged to channel their inner actor. The improvised performances and the casual style of the event made it fun for all participants, no matter whether they watched or acted as well. Printed scripts, hair pieces and other props were available to help first-time and professional thespians to feel their part.
The plays were performed scenes from selected plays, with four plays per event, in roughly chronological order. Thus, the whole canon was performed throughout the whole year.
May 21: Henry VI, Richard III, The Taming of the shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
June 25: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard II, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 23: The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV, parts 1 & 2
August 20: Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It
September 17: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Troilus & Cressida, All’s Well That Ends Well
October 15: Measure For Measure, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth
November 12: Antony & Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, Pericles, The Two Noble Kinsmen
December 10: Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Henry VIII, Cardenio
Shakespeare Dreams in the Cross Garden – Bottoms Up!
With a fun adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, actors from Playshop, directed by Lori Leigh, interacted with all to ensure it was a lively and memorable evening away from the pre-Christmas melee.
Once again, the Southern Cross Garden Bar generously collaborated with The Garage Project, Playshop and Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) to present a fundraiser with a difference for SGCNZ towards its activities.
The entertainment began at 4.30pm with Daisy van Wel singing till 5.15pm when the play started. The performance by the cast of dynamic young actors, most of whom are SGCNZ Alumni, was quick-witted, clever and entertaining.
Garage Project treated us to a delicious new brew made especially for the event, which was poured from oak barrels and to accompany the ale there was a traditional roast dinner available for purchase in the Garden Bar at the interval.
It was an evening full of ferocious fun, festive food and fabulous fermented fluids.
Read Alive Series
Read Alive, a programme of staged readings, challenged emerging directors to breathe life into rarely performed plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods – in a single day. Actors arrived at 10am, were given their scripts, and worked on them for less than 6 hours before a public staged reading at 4:30pm. The programme took its inspiration from the highly successful Read Not Dead sessions at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and was hosted by The Lord Lackbeards Touring Company and SGCNZ, with funding from the Emerging Artists’ Trust.
Read Alive: The Knight of the Burning Pestle
October’s Read Alive was The Knight of the Burning Pestle directed by Lyndon Hood. An early modern classic, the play satirizes chivalric romances and talks directly to the audience from the very start.
Read Alive: Dr. Faustus
The September Read Alive was Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. This session was co-directed by Cordelia Black and Brandon Mikel.
Written by Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare’s contemporary and rival, Dr. Faustus follows the adventures and philosophical musings of Dr. Faustus and his devil Mephistophilis.
Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ gratefully acknowledges the support of the following: