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Young Beckenham actor performs at Shakespeare’s Globe

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 March 2018

Students from leading drama schools across the country came together for a weekend of workshops, culminating in a public performance of scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Picture:  Cesare De Giglio

Students from leading drama schools across the country came together for a weekend of workshops, culminating in a public performance of scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Picture: Cesare De Giglio

Copyright:2017 Cesare De Giglio

Beckenham resident Zoë McVicker joined the UK’s most promising young actors over the weekend, to perform in Globe Education’s annual Sam Wanamaker Festival.

Zoë, 22, was selected to take part in the performance on Sunday, March 25. Picture: Cesare De GiglioZoë, 22, was selected to take part in the performance on Sunday, March 25. Picture: Cesare De Giglio

Zoë, 22, was selected as one of 38 up and coming young actors preparing to tread the boards of the world famous stage on Sunday March 25.

Students from leading drama schools across the country came together for a weekend of workshops led by the Globe’s resident text, movement and voice practitioners, culminating in a public performance of scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Operating one of the largest arts education programmes in the UK, the aim of the Globe’s work is to allow everyone to encounter Shakespeare through play, in the spaces for which he wrote.

This year, to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, each scene performed was inspired by the theme ‘Voices for Women’.

Previous festival performers who went on to receive worldwide recognition include Andrew Garfield, best known for Hollywood blockbusters such as The Amazing Spiderman, and Michelle Dockery, best-known for her role as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey.

Zoë, currently studying at Arts Educational Schools London, performed as Mistress Ford in a scene from The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare.

She said: “Being a part of the Sam Wanamaker festival is unbelievable!

“Not only are we performing on one of London’s most renowned stages, but it’s a chance to celebrate and share our passion with everyone both performing and watching.”

The education programme at the Globe presents a year-round programme of workshops, lectures, events and family theatre for Shakespeare scholars, enthusiasts and those meeting him for the first time.

Patrick Spottiswoode, director of Globe Education, said: “As we mark the anniversary of women’s suffrage, it feels more fitting than ever to see this year’s drama students present some truly heroic women on the Globe stage.

“We’ve chosen to end this year’s festival celebrating Voices for Women with The Roaring Girl, whose heroine Moll is the most infamous and celebrated virago of the time.”

This year’s Sam Wanamaker Festival is presented in association with Spotlight and the Noel Coward Foundation.

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