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Oct 242017

A Kuranui College duo will be winging their way across the globe next July to take part in a Young Shakespeare programme in London.

Kuranui Deputy Head Boy, Thomas Laybourn, is one of 24 talented young performers from around New Zealand to be selected as part of the Young Shakespeare Company 2018.

Laybourn will have an opportunity to learn from the Globe Education team and perform on the infamous Globe Shakespeare theatre stage. The three-week intensive programme will involve living and learning on the South Bank by London’s River Thames.

“Thomas attracted the attention of the selectors during his regional performance in ‘Hamlet’ and his national finals performance in ‘Pericles’, and then again in his recent National Schools Shakespeare Performance in the Peter Hambleton directed ‘The Comedy of Errors’,” explained Juanita McLellan, Kuranui Head of Performance and Art.

McLellan has herself been selected to be part of a small group of teachers for the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s – Teachers Go Global 2018. “I will also be studying and performing on the Globe Stage, with the same team of tutors who coach the professional Globe performers. The Teachers Go Global group is selected every few years rather than every year, so it’s even more of a privilege to be chosen,” said McLellan.

The duo are looking forward to finding out which Shakespeare play they will be performing, as well as learning the group’s Waiata and Haka. “It’s very exciting, but first we will need to fundraise somewhere in the region of $10,000 to cover flights, accommodation, food, performances and other trip-related costs,” added McLellan.