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SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

12 May 2020
SGCNZ COVID-19 University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals – STOP PRESS

So exciting – at last!! With the announcement of the move to Level 2 confirmed to take effect from Monday 18 May, we will do as promised and give you an extra week to get the films in to GlassGeckoFilms.

We would like everyone to try to get their films in by Friday 12 June – or earlier, so that GlassGecko does not get swamped with them on the closing date of 5pm on Monday 15 June.

Final Registration will be due on Tuesday 2 June. That will give you Queen’s Birthday Weekend (usually the National Festival!) for the final entering and checking of information on the University of Otago Registration page:

Be sure you have the name of the play correctly spelt and in the right line, and the act and scene written as e.g. Act IV scene iii. Note the upper case A for Act and upper case Roman numerals for the number/s of that and lower case scene and Roman numerals for them.

All this accuracy is vital for uniformity and to create a fully professional visual image in every way. Only you can update, or enter new, information on the Registration Page, as neither SGCNZ, nor GlassGecko has access to your password. What you write, is what will appear on the screen. We look forward to seeing it, as will all those around NZ and, potentially, the world!

Registrations must still be made via the University’s SGCNZ Festival website:
Any queries, please contact
Cellphone +64 27 283 6016


The University of Otago and its Division of Humanities are proud to be the naming rights sponsor of the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

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The University of Otago and the SGCNZ Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

The University has sponsored this event since 2007. A number of the talented performers and participants in the Festival continue their education at the University of Otago, and we are equally proud of the talented alumni that have progressed through both organisations.

The University enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) through its energetic CEO Dawn Sanders. For example, a number of University staff from our English and Theatre programmes have served as performance assessors and workshop tutors during the Festival; and SGCNZ has provided the University community with a number of fascinating, internationally recognised speakers, from the Globe in London and other Shakespeare-related companies.

The SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production (SGCNZ NSSP) was held in Dunedin in 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Many of the Directors and Tutors engaged for SGCNZ NSSP have strong connections with the University of Otago.

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The SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

The Festival is an annual event that involves more than half the secondary schools in the country. During the Regional Festival, students engage with Shakespeare's plays by performing 5-minute and 15-minute excerpts from them with schools in their area.

Schools from each region are then selected to go on to participate in the National Festival.

The Festival scope is wide as students act, direct, serve as crew, compose music, write essays; and create costumes, posters, static images and dvd covers for their performances. A large percent of students participating in the Festival - 73%, are aged between 16 and 18 years old, with the majority of performances - 68% in 2017, being student-directed.

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Video about the Festival

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Some Facts - SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Yearly Facts

Regional Festivals are held between March and April every year, in 24 centres throughout the country.

The National Festival, featuring selected representatives of the regional festivals, is held during Queen's birthday weekend in Wellington.

Every year

  • over 5,500+ students participate, watched by more than 200,000+ people
  • from regional and national festivals 48 students are selected for the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production (SGCNZ NSSP)
  • from this group 24 students are chosen for the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company (SGCNZ YSC) which performs at Shakespeare's Globe, London

NSSP Dunedin 2014

SGCNZ NSSP 2014 students and Dawn Sanders outside the University of Otago's Allen Hall Theatre

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Some History

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand was founded in 1991, and held its first Shakespeare Festivals in 1992.

Since then

  • 110,000 high school students have participated
  • more than half the secondary schools in New Zealand are involved
  • home schooled students joined the festival in 2014
  • 970 secondary school students have been selected to attend the SGCNZ NSSP (SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production week)
  • 475 New Zealand secondary school students have performed at Shakespeare's Globe, London as members of the SGCNZ YSC (SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company)

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