Shakespeare’s Globe beckons


The thrill of performing on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe in London lies just around the corner for young Dunedin actor Juliette Bernard (18).

The youngest of three sisters to study with Queen’s High School head of drama Terry MacTavish, Bernard is one of a group of about 20 young New Zealanders who will experience an immersive experience at the London theatre in July.

The family connection goes still deeper as the girls’ mother, Janet Bernard, also studied with Ms MacTavish.

Miss Bernard won her place through her extraordinary performance in a scene from Shakespeare’s MacBeth, during last year’s SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

“Getting this opportunity to go to Shakespeare’s Globe, and to study and perform there, is an absolute dream come true,” Miss Bernard said.

“It is going to be a massive well as studying drama, we will go around London visiting all the places Shakespeare lived and worked.

“It is pretty crazy – I’m just trying to get my head around it all.”

As part of an ongoing fundraising drive to help Miss Bernard with the cost of the trip, a Juliette Bernard Benefit Variety Concert will be held this afternoon, May 6, at 3.30pm in the King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre in Bay View Rd.

Compered by Ms MacTavish, the concert will involve an array of performers from Dunedin and Christchurch, including the King’s and Queen’s kapa haka group He Waka Kotuia, and last year’s Queen’s Sheilah Winn drama group.

Miss Bernard and her sisters Victoria (26) and Lydia (21) will also sing together during the show.

“We are very much a performing family, so we love singing together,” Miss Bernard said.

Preparing for the variety concert is an added event in her busy life in the arts.

She also has assessments coming up for her studies at the National Academy of Dance and Dramatic Art in Christchurch.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert are available by phoning (027) 274-0147 or at the door.