ShakesBeer All Shook Up

ShakesBeer in the Garden
A fun and quirky fundraiser for and with SGCNZ in collaboration with Southern Cross Garden Bar and Restaurant, Garage Project and PlayShop!


ShakesBEER All Shook Up

The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, The Garage Project and PlayShop are again generously combining to create a fundraiser with and for Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ).  
ShakesBEER in the Garden is an event which offers revels, rambunctious entertainment and nourishing food and fluid.

Playshop will be bringing you Shakespeare like you've never seen it.  From the best improvisors at this event, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited, an entirely new Shakespeare play is created before your very eyes. These experienced and innovative performers, most of whom are SGCNZ Alumni, are spontaneous, sophisticated and slick! This year's concept differs from PlayShop's previous of these events at the Southern Cross Garden, in which the Improv troupe hilariously delivered a rendition of a single play. It will, however, be just as quick-witted and delightful. Usually directed by Lori Leigh, the Artistic Director of Playshop, this year it will be glued together by SGCNZ alumna Stevie Hancox-Monk.

The Garage Project will be releasing a new English style IPA specially created for the event. The beer will be served in nitrogen charged cans, giving the special brew an interesting twist. To match such festive drink, Elizabethan-themed Southern Cross staff will be serving a Shakespeare style roast for the occasion in the Garden Bar at interval. Drinks will be available throughout!

The proceeds from ShakesBEER in the Garden will go to SGCNZ, a not-for-profit life skills enhancing organisation through Shakespeare. Developing skills of young people, including collaboration, co-operation, compromise, and at the same time, leadership, self-presentation, self- confidence, self-esteem, time management, project management and performance evaluation are just some of SGCNZ's key objectives. Some 5750 participants benefit annually, and more than 200,000 audience fill theatres and halls throughout the country each year, enjoying the performances by our talented and innovative teenagers, as well as those in various other programmes SGCNZ offers.

"SGCNZ is extremely grateful for this now third year of collaboration between Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, PlayShop, The Garage Project and SGCNZ," said SGCNZ CEO Dawn Sanders, "Such a thoroughly enjoyable way to raise funds and benefit so many!"

ShakesBeer in the Garden will take place on Sunday 26 November at Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant. The doors will open at 4.15pm, followed by music and entertainment from 4.30pm. The PlayShop performance will be from 5.15pm - 6.00pm with a half-hour interval for a Shakespearean Roast Dinner, followed by Act II of the performance from 6.30pm - 7.15pm.Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite and cost $10-$20 exclusive of booking fees or at the door (subject to availability; cash only).

For further information, please contact:

Dawn Sanders ONZM, QSM, SGCNZ CEO, M: 027 283 6016 E: or

Georgia Teague, Southern Cross, P: 384 9085

Performance details:

Date: Sunday 26 November 2017

Time:  4.30pm - 7.15pm

Venue: Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro Wellington

Tickets: $10-$20, booking via (booking fees apply) or door sales (subject to availability, cash only)

Further information: 

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) is a life skills enhancing organisation through Shakespeare. It interacts and collaborates with Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

SGCNZ was founded in 1991. By the end of our 25th year in 2016, 105 000 students had been involved in our festivals and associated activities! Providing educational opportunities for people of all ages – primary, secondary, tertiary, emerging and professional theatre practitioners, teachers, corporate sector and lovers of Shakespeare – SGCNZ helps lift Shakespeare from the page to performance and other highly imaginative manifestations.

Developing skills of young people, including collaboration, co-operation, compromise, and at the same time, leadership, self-presentation, self- confidence, self-esteem, time management, project management and performance evaluation are just some of the key skills SGCNZ enhances.

A type of ‘cultural united nations’, SGCNZ transverses ethnic and socio-economic boundaries, by providing opportunities for all to realise their potential on stage through our festivals, its flow on activities, and the associated competitions in costume and static image design, music composition and writing. Interns from universities around the globe and local volunteers gain invaluable arts administration work experience.

SGCNZ encourages people to relish the richness of language, have fun with figures of speech, explore literature and let their imaginary forces work…!


Written by

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand

13 Nov 2017

Interests Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) promotes, encourages and facilitates the performance, appreciation and study of the works of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries.