August 1, 2009


2009 Shakespeare in Schools programme  
King Lear & Macbeth   

Nationwide Tour: Term  3

Living Shakespeare 
– Innovative
– Accessible
– Educational
– Enjoyable

Directed to be engaging for a youth audience, as well as being a serious professional production.
Actors: Ralph Johnson and Liz Kirkman 
Director: Lilicherie McGregor

Duration: 45 mins
Space Required: School Hall
Cost: $5 per student  (min charge $400)

Kore Theatre toured  nationwide with Hamlet (2007) and Lear (2008).  

July 20 -24       Northland
July 27 -31        Auckland  
Aug 3 – 7            Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Central
Aug 10 -14        Waikato, King Country, Taranaki  
Aug 17 -21          Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu
Aug 24-28          Hawkes Bay, Eastland 
Aug 31 -Sept 4  Wellington, Kapiti and Wairarapa 
Sept 7 -11           Marlborough, Chch, Canterbury 
Sept 14- 18          Dunedin, Otago, Southland 
Sept 21 -25         West Coast, Nelson, Golden Bay, Marlborough

Email booking form (below) to: 
09 955 1170  

Comments from last year’s tour: 

Ingenious distillation, dynamically performed   
Any NCEA student studying Shakespeare’s King Lear who has the good fortune to see Kore Theatre’s Lear & His Daughters will gain a very clear insight into the core story.   Lear & His Daughters sets a very high standard for companies seeking to meet the needs of NCEA students. – Reviewed by John Smythe, Theatreview 15.7.08     

The production is the perfect length and displayed such variety in performance styles it kept everyone thinking, entertained and stimulated.   The hardened anti-Shakespeare students claimed to have loved the production.  Lear & His Daughters was intelligently conceived and executed, performed strongly and with variety and nuance, using signs and symbols in such a way as to stimulate much debate in classes.  Ralph was an impressive presence as Lear, and Liz’s multi-rolling won her kudos across the board, not to mention her physical theatre and musician skills. – Nick Brown, HOD Drama & Theatre Arts, Kerikeri High School, 2008.

Even though they have not studied it yet, they found it easy to follow. We look forward to another performance next year.  – Amanda Devane, Aquinas College, Tauranga

The energy and focus of the actors held the girls. Let us know when you are through again! Thank-you. – Josephine Carpenter Woodford House, Havelock Nth 

Thank you for an outstanding performance at Mountainview High School. This is among the handful of very best performances that we have had in our school over the last 20 years. This was just a huge treat . Every school should have the Kore Theatre Company perform for them. Thank you SO much for raising the heart of my drama students. – Elizabeth Grubb, HOD Drama, Timaru 27.7.2008 

The performance was moving, physical and very fast-paced, taking the audience through a wide range of emotions and brilliantly including humour and pathos. – Kirsty Hazledine, Cultural Director, Wellington College

"I didn’t want to go even if it was free because Shakespeare pretty much sux and teachers keep treating it like it is ‘the best’ but I just didn’t get it. After their show though I changed my mind".  – Student, Thames High School.


2 – 3 hour workshop with Ralph Johnson & Liz Kirkman

Examples of what we can offer include:
– Working in mask
– Commedia dell’Arte
– Improvisation
– Shakespeare’s imagery

We are open to work with your individual needs as to the content of the workshop.   
This workshop may be useful to support one of the requirements in the NZ Drama Curriculum.

We are flexible and will try to accommodate your needs in relation to times.  The workshop could be within school hours, or after school. 

Space required: Hall or large activity room
Cost:    $25 per student
Limit: 18 students

Please book in conjunction with performance.

About Us:

Ralph Johnson has been working as a performer in schools for over 25 years.  He has toured with Downstage, Terradactyl Tours, Town & Country Players, and Action Roleplay, as well as last 2 years’ Hamlet & Lear tours. He has also acted in 18 Shakespearean productions and directed two.

Liz Kirkman is an actor, singer, dancer and teacher. She has featured on ‘Shortland Street’, ‘Return of the King’ and the new blockbuster film, ‘Avatar’.  She’s performed in over 50 theatrical productions and loves touring NZ, delighting as Rita in ‘Educating Rita’ in 2003, and engaging 2-7year olds with ‘The Farm at the End of the Road’ in 2005.

Licherie McGregor is an experienced theatre director, and drama teacher, who lectured at the University of Otago for 4 years, before working as Assistant Director for Eugenio Barba at Odin Teatret in Denmark for 3 years. Lilicherie is the Artistic Director of Kore Theatre Company. 
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*Resource materials for classes will be sent with booking confirmation. 
09 955 1170   


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