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Talented British actress keen to advance career in Wellington Continued from page 1. A BBC Play of the year winner and Tony Award nominee, Our Country’s Good is set in late 1700s Australia and is inspired by actual events involving British Royal Marines and convicts. Anna plays young convict

Duckling Smith. Her character falls in love with Midshipman Harry Brewer (played by Patrick McTague), who helps overcome her loneliness and desolation, but ultimately leaves her broken-hearted. Anna, 23, moved from Lancaster to New Zealand with

her partner in October, having trained seven years ago at the prestigious National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, whose alumni include Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, and Colin Firth. “It was a three-week summer course. Really intensive. There were thousands who

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auditioned.” The extremely competitive London theatre scene combined with a lack of opportunities in northern England meant she eventually looked further afield, with the Wellington Repertory Theatre production coming to her attention via the Star Now website. Having previously seen the show and viewing a video of director Joanne Lisik’s vision for the show, Anna was prepared to move to the other side of the planet to audition, getting the part in November. “The audition was one week after I landed.” Initially living in Johnsonville, Anna moved to Kilbirnie for the better lifestyle. “Everything here is on your doorstep. I love the beaches.” She aims to become a local professional, with hopes of performing at Bats or Circa. “I want to stay as long as I can. There’s a great theatre scene here. I’d love to give it a shot.” Our Country’s Good premiered last night and will run until Saturday, April 14 (excluding Monday) at the Gryphon Theatre on Ghuznee Street.

City switches to eco-friendly streetlights Wellington City Council is installing eco-friendly LED streetlights across the city in a bid to lower energyconsumption and to improve public safety. The 14,500 energy-efficient streetlights are expected to reduce the city’s streetlight energy bill from $684,000 a year to a projected $225,000. Councillor Chris CalviFreeman, portfolio leader for transport strategy and

operations, says alongside cost savings, safety is a key consideration in the city’s shift to LED street lighting. “As wel l as appea r i ng brighter, the LED streetlights’ colour allows the human eye to better distinguish shapes at greater distances. If you’re a pedestrian crossing the road at night, this is very important. “And it’s not just a lower energy bill that will help save

the ratepayer money; the LED streetlights are more robust and last significantly longer than the current lights,” Chris says. “This will lead to fewer outages and much lower maintenance and replacement costs. “Another key feature is they can be remotely dimmed and brightened through a central control system. They can also self-report faults and be set up on installation to direct light

only where it is needed,” he says. The LED streetlight rollout has already started in Miramar, Paparangi and Khandallah, and is expected to be completed city-wide by mid-to-late year. The full cost of the wider project is estimated to cost $17 million, which will largely be funded by a subsidy of up to $14.5 million from the New Zealand Transport Agency.

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