Shake Alive 2016

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

SGCNZ UOSWSF 2018 has begun! Click here to check out dates and venues for the 24 SGCNZ Regional UOSWSFs 2018.

Not sure which scene you want to perform this year? Find below some suggestions for suitable scenes.

Scene Suggestions 2018

To register your school’s scene for the SGCNZ UOSWSF 2018, please use the online registration, kindly designed by the University of Otago. Please write down the password and Access Key for each scene entered in case you need to make alterations.

Click HERE to register your scene!  

Need help? Click here to download detailed instruction for registration to the SGCNZ UOSWSF 2018.

If you want to know more about the SGCNZ UOSWSF and its impact on the student, watch the following documentary called Shakespeare in Motion. Project-managed by SGCNZ PPWS Alumna Maddie Brooks Gillespie, this video is a great testament to how performing Shakespeare impacts the students participating in the SGCNZ Shakespeare Festivals.

SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2018 Tickets are available through Ticketmaster now!

If you have been chosen to attend the National UOSWSF, or would like to attend as a Non-Performer, see below to find a current accommodation with Wellington hotels, backpackers, and Bed & Breakfasts, with approximate prices for Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Click here to see Accommodation List

Ministry of Youth Development Survey

re SGCNZ UOSWSF & allied Competitions & activities
Participant Feedback link:


We are asking all participants in SGCNZ’s Festivals and Competitions 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!

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



Click here to find out who excelled in which category in the SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2017. All students who performed in the National Festival can be extremely proud of themselves. Thank you to all participants for a fantastic and magical weekend!

Want to watch your own performance or re-watch the other scenes performed at the SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2017? Then  go to Glass Gecko Films’ website and order the videos on DVD or MP4.

Need a place to stay during the National Festival over Queen’s Birthday Weekend? Check out our updated accomodation list.

National Festival Dates & Performance Schedule

Be part of the 26th SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival! Over 400 years after the Bard’s death, his words are more alive than ever, and the creativity, enthusiasm and talent of New Zealand’s youth shows that Shakespeare’s plays have lost none of their relevance. The SGCNZ UOSWSF proves that the Bard’s timeless tales cross culture, countries, language and gender.

Due to popular demand Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ added another region, which means that now, for the first time, Shakespeare’s words and works will be celebrated in 24 Regional Festivals!

The performance schedule for the SGCNZ National UOSWSF on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June is online now. Click here to see the performance schedule.

SGCNZ is proud to announce that, thanks to Wellington City Council, the performances of the National Festival will again be held at the Michael Fowler Centre this year. For more information regarding venues and times check out the first draft schedule. (Please note that this is not the final schedule yet and information on it is subject to change until the event.)

Scene Suggestions

Follow the link below for a list of scenes you can perform at the Festival. The scenes are divided into 5- and 15-minute scene groups. Remember that 5-minute scenes may only be directed by students, while 15-minute scenes can be directed by either a student or a teacher

Scene Suggestions 2017

Registrations for the Regional Festivals are now open.

Click here to register your scene for the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival 2017!

  • This  link will take you to the SGCNZ UOSWSF homepage on the University of Otago’s website.
  • Click on “Register your entry for the Festival”
  • Then click “Enter Festival” below SGCNZ REGIONAL FESTIVAL
  • Read the Policies carefully and at the bottom of the page you will see I Agree. Click on this and the Registration page will come up.
  • Complete it and retain your ID number and password (PLEASE NOTE that each entry needs to be logged in separately with its own ID and password)
  • Use these to go in and modify any information if you wish to make additions or alterations.
  • Please check with SGCNZ if you are unsure as to whether your SGCNZ Friends sub is current (NOT the University of Otago – it is a valued sponsor – not the organiser of the Festivals)

What are SGCNZ’s UOSWSF?

Each year, SGCNZ holds 24 Festivals nationwide, in which high school students perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, set in any time, place, dress – though definitely in Shakespeare’s words. The Regional Festivals are scheduled between late March and the end of April.

The best 5- and 15-minute scenes are then chosen to perform at the National Festival, held over Queen’s Birthday weekend at the Michael Fowler Centre and Opera House. There are awards of certificates, books and even some money. Leading theatre practitioners present 22 workshops, give talks, advice, and view emerging talent! Groups of students may pay to participate in the workshops and attend the public performances on the Friday and Saturday if not chosen to perform. Contact us for further information.

SGCNZ Competitions

The finalists in SGCNZ’s competitions are invited to attend the workshops and can attend the performances and the Award Ceremony free of charge. They will receive their monetary prizes at the Award Ceremony on the Sunday evening of the National Festival.


Then there are further opportunities!

The Supreme Winner of the SGCNZ/Tony Catford Shakespeare Costume Competition and SGCNZ/Morrison Music Trust Competition and 46 students selected from the Regional and National Festivals attend the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production (NSSP), a week-long intensive course with workshops, rehearsals and culminating performances.

SGCNZ NSSP is held in the September/October holiday each year. During this week, 24 students are chosen to form SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company (SGCNZ YSC) and travel to the Globe in London and Stratford Upon Avon for two and a half weeks in July the following year (fees apply).

History of SGCNZ’s Festivals

Just nine months after the founding of Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand in June 1991, SGCNZ held its first Regional Shakespeare Festival in Schools. The Sheilah Maureen Winn Charitable Trust came to the party to assist with funding from the first National Festival soon after. In 2006 the University of Otago entered the scene with a significant contribution, which resulted in the rebranding to the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals. This much appreciated partnership has continued, along with valued contributions from other sponsors.

From the initial seven regions, the Festivals have grown to 24 regions. Over 5500 students each year from over half the schools with secondary students perform the 5-minute student-directed and 15 minute adult or student-directed scenes. One of each is chosen to be performed at the National Festival at Queen’s Birthday weekend each year, where participants attend talks, workshops and other performances. Specific criteria have been introduced to include an additional scene in Regions with very large participation. These are outlined in the Board Policy document.

With more than 105,000 students nationwide having participated in the first 25 years of the Festivals, the impact can now be seen on stages throughout the country, big and small screens, backstage, front of house, in various arts administrative roles, and in a vast array of non-theatre based positions. Check out what some of our alumni are up to here.

The SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival is EPIC…thank you to all who make it happen…”

“The UOSWSF has been an amazing opportunity that I have benefited from every year for the past five years…”


SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2016

Watch the SGCNZ UOSWSF 2016 Music Montage by Glass Gecko here!

What a Festival it was! We were excited to present the SGCNZ National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival 2016 at the Michael Fowler Centre, St James Theatre and Parliament this year!

Have a look at the Festival schedule here!  

Click here to see the performance schedule! 

Not only did we have Diana Devlin assess at the 2016 Festival, but she also gave a talk at Parliament on Monday after the Assessors’ feedback session.


SGCNZ Regional UOSWSF 2016


2016 was going an exciting year for Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ. Not only was it the Quattro Centennial of Shakespeare’s death, but it was also the 25th anniversary of SGCNZ and the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, making the 23 Regional Festivals throughout the country and the palpable excitement from the numerous participants all the more special.

The dates for the SGCNZ Regional and National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals 2016 were:

Dates for SGCNZ UOSWSF 2016

 SGCNZ Wellington Regional UOSWSF 2016

Students in the Wellington region were zealously learning their lines, rehearsing their scenes and preparing themselves for the 25th SGCNZ Wellington Regional University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival from 12-14 April 2016 at Wellington East Girls’ College.

For those participants in the Wellington Regional Festival who would like to view the photos taken at that time, please go to or email

SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2015

View the results of SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2015

View the Competition Winners

Order the official Festival photographs by Mel Waite

Regional Festivals 2015

~~~SGCNZ Wellington Regional UOSWSF 2015 Photos

For those participants in the Wellington Regional Festival who would like to view the photos taken at that time, please go to or email

Each year, SGCNZ holds 23 Festivals nationwide, in which high school students perform five and 15 minute scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, set in any time, place, dress – though definitely in Shakespeare’s words. The Regional Festivals 2015 were scheduled between late March and the end of April. View the 2015 Regional Festival dates

SGCNZ UOSWSF 2014 & 2013

Download the results of the 2014 SGCNZ UOSWSF here.

Click here for Amy Schulz’s photographs of SGCNZ National UOSWSF 2014 performances. Photographs can be ordered from her website.

Download the 2014 SGCNZ National UOSWSF DVD Order Form

Download the full list of award winners from the 2013 SGCNZ National UOSWSF

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand most gratefully acknowledges the support for the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival from the following: