The words of a five-hundred-year-old playwright are still as relevant as ever, according to an 18-year-old soon to set off in the footsteps of the Bard.
Indigo Levett was the only local student to be selected for this year’s Young Shakespeare company, which sees 23 other young people from around New Zealand head to The Globe in London to learn from the best in the business.
“I’m hoping to learn a lot,” Indigo says. “I think when you are with 23 other people who are all really passionate and driven, you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s really exciting.”
She says that the trip will be a dream she has had since she was in Year 9.
“A lot of people from Nelson have gone, about one every year. I’m hoping to continue that legacy.”
Indigo says, far from being dusty and out of date, Shakespeare still has a lot to say for younger generations.
“His work is all meaningful for now. He unveils simple human truths about the human condition that is all still relevant today especially to young people – especially when you put it in a form that understandable and its accessible to them.”
To help fund the trip, Indigo is holding a variety show this Friday at Ghost Light Theatre where she and her friends will treat audiences to a plethora of performances.
“There will be music, poetry and, of course, Shakespeare.”
She also has a Givealittle page “Get Indi to the Globe” to help her on the journey.
Indigo and Friends is on this Friday at Ghost Light Theatre on Bridge St, at 6pm.