SGCNZ NEWS

SGCNZ Entries Open for Dance Nimble Soles

We look forward to seeing the ‘… imaginary forces work!’

Choreographers can create a Shakespeare inspired 3-10 minute dance item of any type, culture, ethnicity or style, with a brief description reflecting the chosen Shakespeare play and/or characters. Casts may have from 2 up to 40 performers. There are no age limits. In addition to dancers, these may include actors, singers, musicians.

Live musicians are welcome. However, the music must be original, out of copyright, or from the APRA/Creative Commons/Free Music Archives.

Although spoken words may be incorporated, it is first and foremost a dance work… “dancing shoes with nimble soles” Romeo & Juliet

Dance Nimble Soles, Lower Hutt Little Theatre, 24 June – 7.00pm

Bookings are now open through iticket.co.nz booking fees will apply

For more information and to register click here


SGCNZ Accent on Shakespeare

Extra, extra, read all about it! SGCNZ’s Quarterly Magazine Accent on Shakespeare is now available Digitally!!
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We’re very excited to be able to offer our magazine digitally, password protected to the currently financial and Honorary Friends of SGCNZ.
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Please let us know your preference for all future issues by either filling out this online form or contacting the office E: sgcnz@sgcnz.org.nz P: 04 384 1300.
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Accent on Shakespeare is one the benefits of SGCNZ Membership. Full of the latest SGCNZ news and events, opportunities, fascinating articles about all manner of things connected to Shakespeare and updates about and articles by our Alumni, it is the perfect thing ‘to pore upon’ while you pour a cup and relax with your favourite beverage!
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Some recent features include:
30th Anniversary events, activities and celebrations
Where’s William- Shakespeare performances around NZ and the world
Shakespeare thou art- our favourite artworks inspired by the Bard.
Shakespeare’s play, A-Z – we are up to play number 10- Henry V!
Let us feast: some Shakespeare snacks
Telling tales of Lockdown- from Lucy Cuthbertson, Shakespeare’s Globe Head of Learning
Audition Notices
Resource Material
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In order to receive your issue of Accent on Shakespeare in your preferred format you must be a current member of Friends of SGCNZ- so make sure to get your subscriptions in too!
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SGCNZ National UOSWSF Tickets on Sale Now!

Experience the extraordinary talent of students from around NZ as they present their innovative and creative interpretations of the Bard’s work.
Delectable bite-size 5 and 15 minute performances will capture your imagination and bring Shakespeare to life in new and fascinating ways.
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Click here for tickets
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Times & Dates:
5 June – 9.30am-5.30pm Scene Performances
6 June – 9.00-5.00pm Scene Performances;
             – 7.00-9.30pm SGCNZ YSC Performance, Competition Prize-Giving, Scene Awards Ceremony
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Venue: Michael Fowler Centre, Wakefield St, Wellington
Enquiries: 027 283 6016
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For the full programme of events including the performance schedule click here
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SGCNZ Pearler of a Raffle

We are pleased to announce the winners of our Pearler of a Raffle, drawn on Shakespeare’s Birthday.

Our grateful thanks to all those who purchased tickets and contributed to our funds to help us
present our programmes and opportunities, especially for young people, and to all the
generous donors of the prizes:Viv Thomson, BHB Designs – Helen & Brian Barrett, Tolis Papazoglou, Paul Foster-Bell, Circa Theatre, BATS Theatre, Court Theatre, ATC (Auckland Theatre Company), Royal
Albatross Centre, Dunedin.

For the complete list of winners please click here


SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Each year, SGCNZ holds 24 Festivals nationwide, in which secondary-age students, from 11 to 19 years old, perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, set in any time, place, ethnicity and attire – though definitely in Shakespeare’s words, in English or translated!

Come and support your regional students as they showcase their creative and innovative adaptions of Bard’s work!

An outstanding 5- and a 15-minute scene from each region will be chosen to perform at the National Festival and participate in the workshops, tours, talks and more held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday weekend at the Michael Fowler Centre and other locations within the city.

2021 is SGCNZ’s 30th Anniversary Year and we look forward to celebrating the extraordinary talents of our participants, alumni, supporters, donors and friends at this and our many other events throughout the year.

 

SATURDAY 27 MARCH

Rotorua / Lakes
Sat 27 March 11am
The Thurston Theatre
John Paul College Performing Arts Centre
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Students

Canterbury ki te Raki
Sat 27 March 1.00pm
Middleton Grange School
Door sales $5 General admission

Kāpiti
Sat 27 March 2.00pm
Te Raukura o Kāpiti, Kāpiti College
Door sales $5 General admission

Nelson / Tasman / Golden Bay
Sat 27 March
Nayland College
Door sales $5 General admission

SUNDAY 28 MARCH

Canterbury ki te Tonga
Sun 28 March 1.00pm
Christchurch Boys’ High School
Door sales $5 General admission

MONDAY 29 MARCH

TaranakiMon 29 March 11.30am
TET King’s Theatre, Broadway, Stratford
Door sales $5 General admission

TUESDAY 30 MARCH

Southland
Tuesday 30 March 6.30pm
Southland Girls’ High School
Door sales $5 General admission

WEDNESDAY 7 APRIL

Tai Tokerau    
Wed 7 April 4-9.00pm
Kamo High School
Door sales $5 Adults,   $3 Students

Bay of Plenty 
Wed 7 April, 6pm
Mt Maunganui College Hall
Door sales $5 General admission

THURSDAY 8 APRIL

Aoraki  
Thurs 8 April, 1pm
Geraldine High School
Door sales $5 General admission

Auckland Central    
Thurs 8 April 4.30pm
Diocesan School for Girls,
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $10 Adults, $5 Students

FRIDAY 9 APRIL

Auckland Central    
Fri 9 April 5.45pm
Diocesan School for Girls,Door sales or iticket.co.nz $10 Adults, $5 Students

Auckland North
Fri 9 April 6.30pm
Albany Junior High School Performance AuditoriumDoor sales

SATURDAY 10 APRIL

Auckland Central  
Sat 10 April 9.00am
Diocesan School for Girls,
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $10 Adults, $5 Students

Auckland North
Sat 10 April 10.15am
Albany Junior High School Performance Auditorium
Door sales

Auckland South & East 
Sat 10 April 12.30pm (Briefing for cast & crew from 10am)
Botany Downs Secondary College
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Students /Unwaged

Marlborough    
Sat 10 April 5pm
Malborough Girls’ CollegeDoor sales $12 Adults, $7 Students

Waikato    Sat 10 April
Hamilton Boys’ High School
Door sales $8 Adults, $5 Students

SUNDAY 11 APRIL

Auckland West 
Sun 11 April 9am – 8pm
Dove Theatre, Kristin School,
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Student and Child

South Waikato (Matamata-Piako)      
Sun 11 April 2.00pm
Taupo-nui-a-tia College Hall
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Students

Whanganui / Manawatu / Rangitikei
Sun 11 April
Feilding High School
Door sales $5 Adults,   $2 Students

TUESDAY 13 APRIL

East Coast    
Tues 13 April 7.00pm
Unity Theatre
Door sales $10 Adults, $5 Students

Wairarapa        
Tues 13 April 7.00pm
Wairarapa College Hall
Door sales $6 Adults, $4 Students

Wellington        
Tues 13 April 7.00-9.30pm
Wellington East Girls’ College Hall
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $14 Adults $7 Students
SGCNZ Friends $12 Adults, $6 Friends

WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL

Wellington
Weds 14 April 7.00-9.30pm
Wellington East Girls’ College Hall
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $14 Adults $7 Students
SGCNZ Friends $12 Adults, $6 Friends

THURSDAY 15 APRIL

Hawke’s Bay   
Thur 15 April 5.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Napier
Koha

Buller / West Coast  
Thur 15 April, 7pm
Art Hotel Westport
Door sales $10 Adult, $5 Student

Otago   

Thur 15 April
King’s and Queen’s High School Performing Arts Centre
Door sales $5 General Admission

Wellington         
Thur 15 April 7.00-10.00pm
Wellington East Girls’ College Hall
Door sales or iticket.co.nz $14 Adults $7 Students
riends $12 Adults, $6 Friends


4/03/2021

‘In the wings’ covid 2021

SGCNZ e-UOSWSF Plan of Action

In the possible situation of Covid affecting one or more regions again this year, SGCNZ has in place an emergency digital plan – ‘In the Wings’.

We have posted the slightly tweaked final version of the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival Filming Guidelines of 2020 on the SGCNZ click here  and University of Otago otago.ac.nz/Shakespeare/ websites for use this year if necessary.

If a whole Region needs to ‘go digital’, it can be submitted and will be assessed in the same way as last year, through the process outlined in the Guidelines. If just a few schools are closed, they can submit their scenes on film to be assessed in a collective Virtual Region, which will be viewed by assigned Assessors and selections made under the same policies.

It is recommended that all groups film their scenes as soon as they are able or feel ready to, remembering simplicity and use of the camera as audience is what is required, rather than creating an elaborate short film.
It will be useful to preview these to self-evaluate your scene, even if it is performed live, which we certainly hope all can be.

However, if a Lockdown call is made which precludes this, rest assured, we are ready to respond immediately and again create e-Festivals as necessary and receive your films you have ‘waiting in the wings’! These worked last year!!

Please contact Dawn Sanders, SGCNZ CEO if you have any queries M: 027 283 6016 LL: 04 384 1300
E: dawn@sgcnz.org.nz

4 March 2021


28/02/2021

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


10/02/2021

ShakesBeer in the Garden: The Taming of the Brew | A fundraiser for SGCNZ

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!

ENTERTAINMENT 

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.

CHARITY BEER  

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. 

TIMELINE

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

ABOUT S.G.C.N.Z:

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!


5/02/2021

SGCNZ Celebrating 30 Years! | 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/or text for each quote, will receive a prize pack consisting of a SGCNZ pen, quotation notepad and a set of four postcards!

For more information and to enter click here


22/01/2021

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!

Presented by award-winning festival The Performance Arcade ,WHAT IF THE CITY WAS A THEATRE? is a FREE city-wide programme of art and performance this summer, curated in collaboration with some of Wellington’s most exciting artists, events, and creative organisations. A vibrant celebration of art in Aotearoa NZ, this initiative marks 10 years of the Wellington festival and the first collaboration of this kind between various sectors of the capital’s creative community. For two months, the capital will be transformed into a wonderland of creative encounters — join in, and make a discovery at every corner.
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Will on Cue | Programme
11 Feb, 2:30pm, Merry Wives of Windsor, Outside Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St
involving residents from Malvina Major Retirement Village and Wellington Shakespeare Society Members
12 Feb, 12:30pm, Julius Caesar, Civic Square
with SGCNZ Alumni Maddie Brooks Gillespie & Jacynta Scurfield
13 Feb, 2:30pm, Henry V, Top of Botanical Gardens
with SGCNZ Alumni Maddie Brooks Gillespie & Jacynta Scurfield
14 Feb, 2:30pm, King Lear, Freyberg Beach
with SGCNZ Alumni Maea Shepherd & Jackson Burling
18 Feb, 12:30pm, Antony and Cleopatra, Outside St Andrew’s on the Terrace
with SGCNZ Alumni Maea Shepherd & Jackson Burling
19 Feb, 12:30pm, Hamlet, Bolton St Cemetery
with SGCNZ Alumna Clara van Wel & Aimée Sullivan
20 Feb, 2:30pm, Cymbeline, Queen Victoria Statue between Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace
with The Lonely Shakespeare Collective
25 Feb, 12:30pm, Merchant of Venice, Midland Park
with SGCNZ Alumna Maea Shepherd & Ruby Carter
26 Feb, 12:30pm, The Tempest, Waitangi Park
with SGCNZ Alumna Clara van Wel & Liz Butler, Wellington Improv
27 Feb, 2:30pm, King John, Parliament grounds
with The Lonely Shakespeare Collective
For more information click here

16/10/2020

Young Shakespeare Company 2021 announced 

Congratulations to the 24 students who have been chosen for YSC 2021! You can view the full list here.


14/10/2020

PPWS 2020 Tickets now on sale! 

SGCNZ PPWS 2020 – The Comedy of Errors

Join students from Clifton Terrace Model School, Wellington Home Education Network, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Otari Primary School and Karori West Normal School as they present an action –packed version of The Comedy of Errors!

Aimed at young people from Years 1-8 and their teachers, this is a programme created to develop core skills as they embark on a journey of discovery through igniting and delighting their artistic creativity. Primarily Playing with Shakespeare is a vehicle for the students to experience the literary works of William Shakespeare through exploration of the text in a fun, imaginative and thematic way. It is also an opportunity for teachers of Year 1-8 students to explore their core curriculum through a new dramatic lens.

The 2020 performances take place at:

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
Tue 3 November 2020
Featuring students from Clifton Terrace Model School, Wellington Home Education Network, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Otari Primary School and Karori West Normal School
Book Tickets through iTicket

Hutt Intermediate School
Tue 10 November 2020
Featuring students from Queen Margaret College, St Mark’s Church School, Kelburn Normal School, Ridgway School, Hutt Intermediate School and Kena Kena School
Book Tickets through iTicket


09/10/2020

NSSP Photos available

We had an incredible week down in Dunedin for NSSP. To get a glimpse of the action you can view (and buy) photos of the performances from the Memory of Light website.


21/09/2020

COVID NSSP Update

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement at 1pm today, Monday 21st September, we are thrilled to hear that not only can we proceed with NSSP as planned, but we can elevate the audience number to 100 per performance, excluding staff and cast.

Our capacity cannot go above 100, because almost a quarter of the participants are from Auckland, who must carry their Alert Level restrictions with them.

There will be social distancing in the auditorium and Aucklanders will not be allowed to fraternize with the audience unless the Auckland Alert Level drops before the performance date.

Extra tickets will be made available very soon through iTicket.


08/09/2020

Job Opportunity – Assistant to the CEO

Owing to visa and travel alterations due to COVID-19, SGCNZ is again looking for an arts administrator with considerable experience to be Assistant to the CEO. A keen interest in theatre, delight in working with young people, and a wide range of administrative and personal competencies are vital!

Job Brief- Assistant to the CEO

Application Form- Assistant to the CEO

Region: Wellington

Closing date: 23 Sep 2020


20/08/2020

National Festival now available on Vimeo! 

The Vimeo from the SGCNZ e-National UOSWSF is now available to view!

46 outstanding selected scenes by secondary students from throughout NZ & our allied Competition Winners
Plus hours more viewing including:
  • SGCNZ e-Regional UOSWSF 2020
  • 2017, 2018 & 2019 award winning scenes from 20 different plays
  • Performances from the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company
  • Three plays from the 2017 & 2019 SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production
Subscription Costs
To Binge (US$10 a Month*)
Or Not To Binge (US$40 a Year)
That is the Question!
(* Monthly Subscriptions are recurring until terminated, so choose the Annual option for better value)
An excellent resource for Schools participating in SGCNZ events or as exemplars and aids for Drama and English Departments internationally.
Great viewing for any Bardolator.
Click the “SGCNZ Shakespeare On-Demand” link on the Glass Gecko Films Home Page www.glassgeckofilms.com

Or go directly to: http://glassgeckofilms.vhx.tv


14/08/2020

Page to Stage ~ workshop for Primary and Intermediate teachers

When: Thursday, 3 September 2020
Where: Kelburn Normal School, 16 Kowhai Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

In this workshop, Rachel Henry-More will present a series of activities and techniques that teachers can use to help all students, with a focus on Year 5 – 8, perform Shakespeare. There will be a particular focus on voice work, connection to the text, chorus work, finding a relaxed performance and understanding the world of the play and playwright. This workshop will be especially relevant to teachers taking part in the SGCNZ Primarily Playing with Shakespeare production of The Comedy of Errors.

Click here for more details and information on how to reserve a place. 


14/08/2020

Student Performance Photography Award – Winners Announced!

We’ve had some incredible submissions from Student Photographers around the country who’ve been capturing scenes from the SGCNZ e-Regional University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals. SGCNZ’s long-time supporter and photographer Brian Scurfield, of Memory of Light Photography, has now announced the winners of the inaugural Student Performance Photography Award.

– 1st Prize – Angharad Yearbury-Murphy, Tauraroa School

– 2nd Prize – Ashlee Stevens, Taupo-nui-a-Tia College

Of Angharad’s work, Brian commented: “Photographing large groups of people on stage can be tricky but Angharad has managed this well. Her photos clearly show what action is taking place on the stage through use of composition, focusing, and depth-of-field and are of a consistent good standard throughout the gallery.”

All of the photographs submitted by students can be viewed, and prints purchased, at https://www.memoryoflight.co.nz/Galleries/SGCNZ/SGCNZ-Nationals-2020


05/08/2020

2020 NSSP List Announced!

We’re very excited to announce the full list of students who have been chosen from the 2020 SGCNZ e-Regional and e-National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals, and a winner each from the Costume Design and Music Composition Competitions, to attend the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production week in Dunedin in September/October 2020.

Click here for the full list.

Congratulations to all 48 students!


03/08/2020

SGCNZ/Dawn Sanders Shakespeare Costume Design Competition – Winners Announced!

Following the announcement in mid-June of the shortlisted finalists in this year’s Costume Design Competition, costumier Tina de Bes has been hard at work bringing the designs to life. All four costumes have now been constructed and we are delighted to announce the final placings:

  • 1st Prize – Charlotte Elaine Campbell, Bayfield High School – Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra
  • 2nd Prize – Paige Kendon, Howick College – Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
  • 3rd Prize (equal) – Chine Ang, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School – Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 3rd Prize (equal) – Aimee Schnuringer, Diocesan School for Girls – Titania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

Watch this space for photos of the winning costumes – available soon on https://www.memoryoflight.co.nz/Galleries/SGCNZ/


27/07/2020

SGCNZ COVID-19 e-National UOSWSF Scene Award Recipients!

What a fantastic weekend having the pleasure of seeing all of your ingenious, innovative and brave approaches to Shakespeare which were selected for the SGCNZ e-National UOSWSF – mostly rehearsed and some even filmed mid-COVID-19 lockdown levels!

Incredibly hard decisions were made by those of us in the same room in Wellington – Scene Assessors Ryan Hartigan (University of Otago) and Salesi Le’ota and SGCNZ CEO Dawn Sanders – plus Scene Assessor John Gardyne (Trinity College, London) who joined us via Zoom at 5am UK-time!

We’re super excited to announce the Scene Award recipients…

Click here to download the list

A huge congratulations again to everyone who confronted COVID by entering the Festival in spite of all the challenges presented.

Watch this space in about a week’s time for the SGCNZ NSSP List!


10/07/2020

SGCNZ UOSWSF National Festival scenes announced! 

Congratulations to all who entered this year’s SGCNZ COVID-19 e-Regional University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals! We were overwhelmed by your fantastic creativity and how you embraced the constraints of rehearsing and filming scenes over lockdown.

We are delighted to announce the groups from the 24 e-Regional Festivals who have been selected for the e-National Festival, which will be assessed on 25 & 26 July.

Click here to download the list

The films from each Regional Festival and the National Festival will be made available on Vimeo – watch this space for details on how to access them.


10/07/2020

SGCNZ COVID-19 Limerick Competition

Announcing the Winner of the SGCNZ COVID-19 Limerick Competition, designed to entertain during lockdown.

There was clearly not enough for John Smythe to review, as he found time to write not only the 1st prize winning Sonnets, but the Limerick as well. Congrats on your ‘trifecta’, John Smythe!

For most of your Will-written Kings
A death sentence waits in the wings
But no matter how gory
At the end of your story
Your Globe cast still dances and sings!

Thank you to all for your entries in this and our Sonnet Competitions.


02/07/2020

SGCNZ/Ida Glaskin Shakespeare Essay Competition with English at Otago – Winners Announced!

Huge congratulations and sincere thanks to everyone who entered the Competitions this year, under these extraordinary circumstances. It’s been inspiring to see how much work has been completed during lockdown and outside of the usual school routines.

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the SGCNZ/Ida Glaskin Shakespeare Essay Competition with English at Otago:

Option 1 or 2: Essay

  • 1st Prize: Lauren Healey, St Margaret’s College
  • 2nd Prize: E Wen Wong, Burnside High School
  • 3rd Prize: Vera Wang, St Cuthbert’s College

 Option 3: Creative

  •  1st Prize: Hannah Harman, Paraparaumu College
  • 2nd Prize: Lila Maffitt, Kristin School

The Judges were Liz Lammers and Shef Rogers, University of Otago


24/06/2020

SGCNZ/ Morrison Music Trust Shakespeare Music Composition Competition – Winners Announced!

We are delighted to announce the winners for this year’s SGCNZ/ Morrison Music Trust Shakespeare Music Composition. In response to the nature of the entries more recently, the Judges have recommended, and we have agreed, to divide the categories differently to previous years. From this year on, the categories are: Instrumental Composition and Vocal Composition.

The winners of the 2020 competition are:

Vocal Composition

  • 1st Prize: Caitlyn Smith, Millie-Rose Pumphrey & Theo Parker, Garin College – Strangers
  • 2nd Prize: Elvis Nicolls, Hagley College – Friar Friar
  • 3rd Prize: Peyton Morete, Kāpiti College – Here With Me

Instrumental Composition

  • 1st Prize: Grace Mora, St Cuthbert’s College – Which we call a rose
  • 2nd Prize: Nicholas Harman, Paraparaumu College – Prosperous Plot
  • 3rd Prize Equal: Lauren Doherty, Marlborough Girls’ College – Romeo and Juliet
  • 3rd Prize Equal: Clara Satherley, Kāpiti College – Mishandled

 Supreme Winner: Grace Mora, St Cuthbert’s College – Which we call a rose

The Judges were Michael Vinten and Garth Wilshire.


15/06/2020

SGCNZ/Adam Foundation Shakespeare Competitions: Poster Design, Static Image & Video Title Card – Winners Announced!

We are delighted to announce the winners for this year’s SGCNZ/Adam Foundation Shakespeare Competitions are as follows:

SGCNZ/Adam Foundation Shakespeare Poster Competition

  • 1st Prize  –  Geneva Ryan, St Cuthberts College – Romeo and Juliet
  • 2nd Prize  –  Amelia Barrett, St Cuthberts College – Macbeth
  • 3rd Prize  –  Unnamalai Alagusundaram, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School – The Merchant of Venice

SGCNZ/Adam Foundation Shakespeare Static Image Competition

  • 1st Prize  –  Nadi Figur-Ambler, Paraparaumu College – Macbeth
  • 2nd Prize  –  Connie Wing, St Cuthbert’s College – Macbeth
  • 3rd Prize  –  Renee (Yi Ran) Zhang, St Cuthbert’s College – Macbeth
  • Commended  –  Tess Roberts, St Margaret’s College – Julius Caesar

SGCNZ/Adam Foundation Shakespeare Video Title Card Competition

  • 1st Prize  –  Renee (Yi Ran) Zhang, St Cuthbert’s College
  • 2nd Prize  –  Chine Ang, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

The Judges were Craig Christensen, Emilie Hope, Dawn Sanders ONZM, QSM, Anastasia
Matteini-Roberts and Amy Clewes


11/06/2020

SGCNZ/Dawn Sanders Shakespeare Costume Design Competition – Finalists Announced

We are delighted to announce the four finalists for this year’s costume design competition, whose designs will be realised by costumier Tina de Bes, after which final placings will be awarded in late July.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order of surname):

  • Chine Ang, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School – Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Charlotte Elaine Campbell, Bayfield High School – Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra
  • Paige Kendon, Howick College – Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
  • Aimee Schnuringer, Diocesan School for Girls – Titania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Judges also awarded three commendations in recognition of the high standard of these entries:

Highly Commended

  • River Charteris-Wright, Bayfield High School – Helena, All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Poppy Sam, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School – Dogberry, Much Ado About Nothing

Commended

  • Hiro Han, St Cuthbert’s College – Lady Macbeth, Macbeth

The Judges were Nicole Barker (Sponsor), Tina de Bes (Costumier), Dawn Sanders ONZM, QSM (CEO, SGCNZ) and Amy Clewes (Assistant to the CEO, SGCNZ)


02/06/2020

Shakespeare Ora Aotearoa – deadline extended to 12 June!

Shakespeare Ora Aotearoa is a one-off event, with support of the Ministry of Youth Development, for young people between 15 and 24 years old.

During the course of a residential weekend, 30 participants will create a 5-10 minute play, using Shakespearean characters as inspiration to explore contemporary mental health, social or environmental issues.

The event will begin at 10am on Saturday 18 July and conclude after a showing at 5pm on Sunday 19 July. The costs of accommodation, food and all sessions will be covered by SGCNZ.

For more information and to apply, please see our Events page.


22/05/2020

Reminder for SGCNZ UOSWSF and Competition Deadlines!

Friday 12 June (or earlier) = Film submission deadline (so that GlassGecko does not get swamped with them on the closing date of 5pm on Monday 15 June)

Tuesday 2 June = Final Registration on the University of Otago Website

Tuesday 2 June  = Allied Competition entry deadline 

For more important information regarding filming and UOSWSF please see our UOSWSF page.

For more information regarding our competitions (including where to post them!) please see our Competitions page. 


19/05/2020

Here are the winning entries of SGCNZ’s Second Locked-down Competition- Shakes Quotes Sonnet! Congratulations to all who took part! 

Want to enter your own poem into our next Locked-down Poetry Competition? Keep scrolling down to find out more about Round 3: Shake Up A Limerick! Entries for this third round are open until Friday 22 May!


12/05/2020

Change to SGCNZ UOSWSF and Competition Deadlines! 

Friday 12 June (or earlier) = Film submission deadline (so that GlassGecko does not get swamped with them on the closing date of 5pm on Monday 15 June)

Tuesday 2 June = Final Registration on the University of Otago Website

Tuesday 2 June  = Allied Competition entry deadline 

For more important information regarding filming and UOSWSF please see our UOSWSF page.

For more information regarding our competitions (including where to post them!) please see our Competitions page. 


05/05/2020

SHAKE OUT A LIMERICK!

SGCNZ’s Next Locked-down Competition

Write a Limerick as Shakespeare would surely have written had he thought of them first!!

An example by Dawn Sanders herself:

There once was a man called Makkers

Who truly detested hackers

Maybe vegetarian?        

Yes authoritarian

But sadly ran out of backers

Criteria:

  • Limerick form
  • Sent in low resolution – disqualified if over 500 kb
  • No fancy images – create them with your words!

E-mail it to: sgcnz@sgcnz.org.nz

In the Subject line write Shake Out a Limerick and Category No 4 and Age letter

In the body of the e-mail, at the top write your:

Name:

E-mail:

Mobile:

Postal address with post code:

State which Age Range:          

a)  Under 12 years

b)  12 – 24 years

c)  Over 24 years

Your Limerick with Title

A statement giving SGCNZ permission to publish your Limerick widely if you are a winner.

~~~

Due by 5pm Friday 22 May 2020

Prizes will be sent to the winners!

For more information, contact SGCNZ CEO, Dawn Sanders: dawn@sgcnz.org.nz

M: 027 283 6016


23/04/2020

Here are the winning entries of SGCNZ’s First Locked-down Competition- Shake Up a Sonnet! Congratulations to all!

Want to enter your own poem into our Locked-down Sonnet Competition? Keep scrolling down to find out more about Round 2: Shakes Quotes Sonnet! Entries for this second round are open until Friday 1 May!

 


SHAKESPEARE GLOBE CENTRE NEW ZEALAND’S UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO SHEILAH WINN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVALS GO FILMIC

17/03/2020

We now have specifications and instructions for how to film your entries into the 2020 Regional UOSWSF. Please find more details here.

16/03/2020

Conscious of the natural nervousness of schools congregating, an alternative solution has been devised by Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, in association with its principal videographer, to ensure its SGCNZ Regional University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals continue and that all the work of the students and teachers will not be wasted.

SGCNZ’s 24 Regional Festivals, scheduled throughout the country from 25 March to 8 April 2020, will take place by schools supplying their scenes on film this year.

The assessing will take place by the Assessors appointed for each region on the day scheduled for the Festival, and a 5 minute and 15 minute scene still selected for the National Festival.

It is uncertain at this stage as to whether or not the National Festival will take place physically or by film as well.

The selection of a Direct-Entry student for SGCNZ’s National Shakespeare Schools Production will also be made as previously.

Guidelines for filming are currently being produced and will be posted on SGCNZ’s and the University of Otago’s websites within the next 24 hours..

Registrations must still be made via the University’s SGCNZ Festival website: shakespeare.otago.ac.nz

For further information, please contact:

Dawn Sanders ONZM, QSM

SGCNZ CEO

M: 027 283 6016

E: dawn@sgcnz.org.nz


Congratulations to our SGCNZ CEO Dawn Sanders, who is a recipient of a Kiwibank Local Hero Medal 2019


 

SGCNZ’s patron, Raymond Boyce MBE, Hon. DLitt, Arts Icon

20 May 1928 – 1 August 2019

Farewell dearest Raymond – with a million thanks for all you have given so generously to so many individuals and the wider arts community in New Zealand and internationally. Your impact and legacy will endure forever. With love and huge respect, xDawnx

Glass Gecko Films filmed the Raymond Boyce Tribute at the Hannah Playhouse on 10 August: available for download here 


 

Students selected for SGCNZ YSC 2020

Students selected SGCNZ NSSP 2019

Results for the SGCNZ National UOSWSF

Results for the SGCNZ Competitions


SGCNZ Shakespeare-On-Demand Video Subscription Service

Glass Gecko Films is providing a new service: SGCNZ Shakespeare-On-Demand (SOD) Video Subscription Service. An excellent resource for schools participating in SGCNZ events or as exemplars and aids for Drama and English Departments. Go to Glass Gecko’s website for more information.


A fantastic evening with talented women at the NEXT Magazine Woman of the Year 2018

SGCNZ CEO Dawn Sanders at the NEXT Magazine Woman of the Year Awards in Auckland with her partner Graeme Sanders


SGCNZ is now on Instagram! Hooray!

We aim to focus on Shakespeare (obviously), theatre, New Zealand, and the people within those communities, especially our alumni of SGCNZ. Please follow us and help us spread the word on the birth of our new social media platform! Our handle is @sgcnz. We are very excited and hope to see all of your smiling faces.


Congratulations to our CEO, Dawn Sanders, who has been selected as a finalist in the Elizabeth Arden and NEXT Woman of the Year awards

Dawn is one of five exceptional women nominated in the Arts and Culture category. The other categories are Business and Innovation, Community, Education, Health & Science and Sport. Dawn said “It’s a great thrill to have SGCNZ profiled so prominently and a wonderful reflection of all the people who participate in our activities.”

There will be an awards ceremony in Auckland on the 11th of October, where the winners of each category and the supreme winner are announced. For more information, see the NEXT Magazine article.