Shake Alive 2016


Applications are open for SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company 2018 Tour Escorts:

For a detailed description of the requirements and an application form, click here

SGCNZ UOSWSFs have begun!

Come and enjoy innovative fresh takes on Shakespeare performed by students from around the 24 SGCNZ regions! For the 27th year, students will perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from the Bard’s plays at the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival 2018. 

You might see anything from a steam punk Romeo and Juliet brawl scene, a Te Reo Hamlet to a classic Elizabethan The Comedy of Errors hilarity. Watch old favourites with a new twist or scenes from lesser-known plays dusted off and brought to light. 

Enquiries: P: 04 384 1300 / 027 283 6016 


Tai Tokerau – Thursday 29 March, 4 pm

Kamo High School, 1 Wilkinson Avenue, Kamo, Whangarei

Tickets: $5 Adults $2 Students

Door sales only

Auckland West – Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 April, 5:30 – 9:30 pm

Hobsonville Point Secondary School, 70 Hobsonville Point Road

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Students

Door sales only

Bay of Plenty – Wednesday 4 April, 6 pm

Mt Maunganui College Hall, 565 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga

Tickets: $5 General admission

Door sales only

Auckland Central – Thursday 5 and Friday 6 April, 4pm. Saturday 7 April 9 am – 2 pm

Theatre, Diocesan School For Girls, Clyde Street, Epsom

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Students

Door sales only

Hawkes Bay – Thursday 5 April, 6 pm

Henderson Hall, Napier Boys’ High School, Chambers Street, Napier

Tickets: $5 Adults $3 Students

Door sales only

Auckland North – Friday 6 April 6:30 – 10 pm, Saturday 7 April 9 am – 12:30 pm

Performing Arts Centre, Albany Junior High School, 1 Appleby Road, Albany

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Students

Buy from Albany Junior High School office

and Door sales

Buller/West Coast – Friday 6 April, 7 – 9 pm

Buller High School Hall, 33-39 Derby Street, Westport

Tickets: $5 General admission

Door sales only

Canterbury ki te Raki – Saturday 7 April, 9 am – 5 pm

Christchurch Girls’ High School, 10 Matai Street East, Riccarton

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Students

Door sales only

Waikato – Saturday 7 April, 9 am – 5 pm

Thornton Auditorium, St Peter’s School Cambridge, 1716 Cambridge Road, Cambridge

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Students

Door sales only

Auckland South & East – Saturday 7 April, 1 – 7 pm

Botany Downs Secondary College, 575 Chapel Road, Howick

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Students

Door sales only

Nelson/Tasman/Golden Bay – Saturday 7 April, performances from 2 pm. Awards from 7 pm

Nelson College, 67 Waimea Road, Nelson

Tickets: $5 Adults $3 Students

Door sales only

Marlborough – Saturday 7 April, 5:30 pm

Marlborough Girls’ College, 21 McLauchlan Street, Blenheim

Tickets: $12 Adults $7 Students

Buy tickets from Marlborough Boys’ College finance office or Marlborough Girls’ College finance office

Whanganui/Manawatu/Rangitikei – Sunday 8 April, 10 am – 2 pm

Whanganui High School, Purnell Street, College Estate, Whanganui

Tickets: $5 Adults $2 Students

Door sales only

Canterbury ki te Tonga – Sunday 8 April, 1:30 – 9 pm

Hornby High School, 180 Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Students

Door sales only

South Waikato (Matamata – Piako) – Sunday 8 April, 2 pm

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College, 122 Spa Road, Taupo

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Students

Door sales only

Wellington – Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 April, 7 – 9:30 pm

Wellington East Girls’ College Hall, Paterson Street, Mount Victoria

$12 Adults
$10 Concessions & SGCNZ Friends
$6 Students
$5 SGCNZ Student Friends

Buy tickets from Eventbrite or Door sales

Otago – Wednesday 11 April, 9 am-5 pm. Showcase 7 – 9:30 pm

King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre, Bayview Road, South Dunedin

Tickets: $6 Adults $3 Students
Door sales only

Aoraki – Wednesday 11 April, 1 pm

Geraldine High School, McKenzie Street, Geraldine

Tickets: $5 General admission

Buy tickets from Geraldine High School

and Door sales

East Coast – Wednesday 11 April, 7 pm

Gisborne Girls’ High School, 555 Gladstone Road, Gisborne

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Students

Door sales only

Help us keep SGCNZ going! – Ministry of Youth Development Survey

Re SGCNZ UOSWSF, allied Competitions, SGCNZ YSC & SGCNZ NSSP & other activities
Participant Feedback link:


We are asking all participants in SGCNZ’s activities between 12 and 24 years old to please complete this survey from the Ministry of Youth Development.

Funding from this source is contingent on us having at least 1500 people respond – favourably – about their experience of being involved (in whatever way – acting, directing, mentoring, crew, front of house, MCs, Assessors…). From the age range, it is clear that it is not just those still at school!

We are extremely grateful to the Ministry of Youth Development for increasing our grant! In the name of Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand and all its participants and alumni we would like to say: thank you!

Any queries about this, please contact Dawn Sanders,  M: 027 283 6016 P: 04 384 1300

Summer Shakespeare Smash!

SGCNZ Alumnus Peter Hambleton (SG IAF 2002) has convinced the critics with his production of the 2017 Wellington Summer Shakespeare All’s Well That Ends Well.

Ewen Coleman’s review in the Dominion Post highly praised the accomplished director/actor as well as the whole cast of the production.

“The choice of play for this year’s Summer Shakespeare is one of the Bard’s more challenging ones.  All’s Well That Ends Well is often regarded as a dark comedy.

Yet under the direction of Peter Hambleton, this year’s production has met the play’s challenges head on with a very spirited, highly energised and intelligent presentation of the play.”

Hambleton’s production of All’s Well does not only captivate the audience, but also engages them in the action of the play, just as in Shakespeare’s day and age.

“The audience too, play a major part in the production in the way the actors work in and around them, even having one or two of them take part on occasions, so that they, the audience, are almost like another character within the play.”

Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance to be knighted

“Mark Rylance, the first artistic director of the recreated Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London, has been given a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list.

The Oscar-winning actor, 56, was in the job for 10 years and has been honoured for services to theatre after first performing professionally in 1980. He won his Academy Award for best supporting actor in 2015’s Bridge of Spies.

But it was his work on the stage, where Mr Rylance is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation, that earned him a knighthood.

Hailed as a natural chameleon, at the Globe he transformed from a severe Henry V to a feminine Olivia in Twelfth Night, though his defining theatre performance of his career so far remains that of his strutting, brutish Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem, which originally ran at the Royal Court and which earned him a Tony Award in the US.” – The Independent, 31 December 2016

Congratulations from Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ!

Ray Henwood new SGCNZ Patron

Welsh-born actor and founding member of Circa Council Ray Henwood ONZM is the new patron of Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand. After Dame Kate Harcourt unfortunately had to resign from her position as patron, SGCNZ approached Ray Henwood, who had played King Lear himself in Circa’s 2016 production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. As Circa Theatre and SGCNZ have a long history together, and many SGCNZ Alumni can be seen in Circa’s productions, the choice was an easy one for both sides.

“I have had the privilege of playing in many of Shakespeare’s plays, the latest being King Lear at Circa in May 2016. When Downstage reopened at the Hannah Playhouse, I played in All’s Well that Ends Well under the direction of Sunny Amey. My first role was the young king in Henry V, at the age of eighteen. (…) It is always a pleasure to see SGCNZ Alumni regularly in cast and crew at Circa. I am pleased and honoured to be appointed as a Patron to SGCNZ and look forward to interacting with its events even more in the future.” – Ray Henwood ONZM