Two Doncaster students are preparing to follow in the footsteps of William Shakespeare when they take to the stage.
Hannah Morley and Asan N’jie will perform on stage at the Bard’s world-famous Globe Theatre in London as part of a celebration of the UK’s best young acting talents.
The pair are among just 42 students chosen to perform during the Sam Wanamaker Festival on Sunday, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Hannah, a third-year student at Guildford School of Acting in Surrey, and Asan, a third-year student at London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, will join student actors from the UK’s 21 top drama schools, plus students from New Jersey, USA, and for the first time, two students from Shenyang in China, who will perform an extract of Othello in Mandarin, with colourful masks and drumming.
Hannah said: “I can’t describe my excitement to work with the incredible team of experts and artists at Shakespeare’s Globe, and to share our passion with the other young actors in this most special of theatres!”
Asan said: “I can’t put into words my appreciation at the chance to perform at Shakespeare’s Globe.
“This is just the beginning of my career and I’m looking forward to see which doors will open from this fantastic opportunity.”
The students will enjoy an intensive weekend of training with Globe Education professionals, before sharing scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in a grand performance on the famous Globe stage to a sell-out crowd.
Hannah, along with fellow colleague Simon Stallard will represent their drama school with a scene from John Ford’s The Broken Heart.
Asan will perform a scene from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 with his colleague Louis Martin. The performance is the culmination of the weekend’s workshops and masterclasses, aimed at helping the students to explore their craft.
The festival is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their talent to an audience including industry professionals and artist agents.
It has proved to be a springboard for aspiring actors and previous participants include Clash of the Titans star Gemma Arterton, The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield and Michelle Dockery, best known as Lady Mary Crawley in TV’s Downton Abbey.
Naeem Hayat, a participant from 2013 is currently performing in Africa in the Globe Theatre’s worldwide tour of Hamlet, starring in the title role.
The festival reflects the mission of late Globe founder and film director Sam Wanamaker, that the Globe should be a training ground for scholars and actors.
Speaking ahead of the event, Patrick Spottiswoode, director of Globe Education, said: “The festival was created to celebrate the long history of prestigious theatre training in this country – and the talent that comes out of it.
“This year we welcome actors from the USA and China to share with us their training and interpretations of Shakespeare.
“It is vital to our practice to learn from our neighbours, both across the River Thames and across the world.”