All the world is a stage for young actress Mariata Pittman and now she has been selected to perform at the Globe next year with the Young Shakespeare Company.
Mariata has been involved with Shakespeare since Year 9. In Year 11 she was selected to compete in the regional festival and in 2012 chosen to perform at the national festival in Wellington.
At this year’s Auckland Regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival she acted in two scenes – Richard III and The Tempest, where her performances impressed judges so much she was given direct entry to the National Shakespeare Schools Production.
At a week-long “Shakespeare Camp” Mariata attended workshops and performed scenes from Pericles. From this, she was one of 24 students from across New Zealand selected to travel to the Globe.
She says the appeal of Shakespeare is not the language: “I like it for the characters and the storylines. It makes it so much fun to act because I love the characters so much.”
Mariata and the Young Shakespeare Company will perform at the Globe in the Northern Hemisphere summer next year. During their 3-week trip to the UK they will also attend workshops and visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon.