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Funding to buy CCTV cameras reached •From page 1 A man was charged with three of the four aggravated burglary offences, including that of Miss van Ras. He has been remanded in custody and will next appear in court on February 21. Johnston Architects owner Regan Johnston said the business has recently moved to Sumner from the central city so the company wanted to get involved in an important community initiative. “It’s important to the community. We thought, we’re new – let’s do our part,” he said. Ms Preston said any leftover money would go straight back to the community via the Sumner Residents’ Association. Ms Preston said residents have been concerned for a number of years that property-related crime was on the rise. However, she said it was the burglary of Miss van Ras that sparked the group into action. “The idea is that if something does happen we’ve got footage to help track down whoever was involved,” she said. But she said the cameras would also act as a good deterrent to crime. Any footage captured would only be viewed by police, who support the initiative, and security staff.

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Shakespearean stage beckons Actress off to London’s Globe Theatre „„ By Julia Evans “ROMEO, ROMEO, wherefore art thou Romeo?” Tigerlily Perry may soon be reciting the famous Shakespearean quote at the theatre his plays were first performed in four centuries ago. Although Romeo and Juliet isn’t her favourite play. “It’s a tie between Much Ado About Nothing and Julius Caesar,” she said. The 17-year-old who has just finished school at St Margaret’s College is hoping to send her acting career into overdrive after landing a coveted spot in the New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company. From more than 5000 applicants, Tigerlily was selected as one of the 24 students who will fly to London to perform at the Globe Theatre. Only one other student from Christchurch made the cut, Cashmere’s Ben Kelly. Tigerlily and Ben will perform and take part in several

CURTAINS: Tigerlily Perry is set to head to London and perform Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre and in Stratford-upon-Avon. ​

workshops and talks at the Globe before heading north to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. “It’s really exciting thinking about performing there.”

Tigerlily said she expects it will be “life-changing.” Although the trip isn’t until July, Tigerlily is already hard at work fundraising for the $8500 it will take to get her there.

“I’ve been doing odd jobs,” she said. But a funding grant of $1000 from the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand has been “amazing,” she said. It comes after her recent role as the lead in the international award-winning film, A Perfect Child, made by Christ’s College and St Margaret’s students. “I’ve always been into acting. It started with the Shakespeare festival at school,” she said. Her mother was an actress, although never professionally. “Mum was an actress, she exposed me to that world and it developed when I was a kid,” she said. Tigerlily grew up with a love of reading play scripts – something she always thought was “a bit weird.” She has played Paulina and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Mark Antony in Anthony and Cleopatra, Trebonius from Julius Caesar and has taken the lead in Timon of Athens, Timon. But she couldn’t pick a favourite. Instead, she’s hoping to add new characters to her repertoire at the Globe in July. •If you want to help Tigerlily with the fundraising campaign, go to https:// givealittle.co.nz/cause/ tigerlilyysc2018

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