For the love of Shakespeare

May 11, 2022 at 10:01 AM

As part of our College’s Shake the Quad in Term 1, our Year 9 to 13 thespians competed in the Auckland Region Shakespeare’s Globe Centre NZ, University of Otago, Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

Our students formed part of the 83 submissions from different Auckland Central secondary schools, showcasing their skills, creativity and dedication through a variety of 5 or 15 minutes scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.

We are proud to share that our students achieved outstanding result, winning six of the possible 12 awards on offer, making it Saint Kentigern’s most successful Shakespeare festival result to date. The recognition included two top awards for the competition; the best 5-Minute scene which was awarded to the Saint Kentigern College’s ‘Macbeth’ team directed by our Year 13 Ruby Haddon and Emily Haddon, and the best 15-Minute scene to the Saint Kentigern College’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ team directed by Ms Jane Larsen.

Our two Auckland Region champion teams will be competing at the National Competition over the Queen’s Birthday weekend in Wellington. They will perform their scenes live onstage at the Michael Fowler Centre and compete against the best performers from all over New Zealand. At this festival students will take part in an exciting range of workshops with industry professionals, and have the opportunity to be selected for the National Youth Shakespeare Company. This Company comprises 40 students from around the country who will gather in October to rehearse a production which is performed at Parliament, culminating in a select group who will travel to London to perform at The Globe theatre in 2023.

We wish all the students and directors the best of luck for this competition.

Auckland Region Achievement

Best Costume Design

Saint Kentigern College’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


Most Original Concept


Saint Kentigern College’s ‘Macbeth’


Best Student Director

Saint Kentigern College’s ‘Macbeth’. Directed by Ruby and Emily Haddon


Best Adult Director

Saint Kentigern College’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Directed by Ms Jane Larsen


1st Place 15-Minute scene


Saint Kentigern College’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Director: Ms Jane Larsen

Cast: Jonathan Mc’Cabe (year 13)Aimee Watson, Sarah Wang, Justin Gao, Jacob Johnston, Mackenzie Alley (Year 12 students)

Henry Lang, Keeley Berkovits, Chloe Miller, Cara-Jane Rewcastle (Year 11 students)


1st Place 5-Minute Scene


Saint Kentigern College’s ‘Macbeth’

Directors: Ruby Haddon and Emily Haddon (Year 13 students)

Cast:  Amelia Evangelidakis, Emma Wang, Olivia Hallett, Ada Hu (Year 10 students)


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