Acting in the blood

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Queenstown’s Jill Derbie and daughter Caroline Early have 75 years of acting between them but they still feel “strange” sharing the stage together.

The mother-daughter thes­pians are cast members of Remarkable Theatre’s Shakes­peare on Location, playing in Queenstown Gardens this weekend.

Former semi-professional actor Derbie, 62, and Early, 33, rarely perform together in the same show, despite their profuse acting careers.

“We tend not to do the mother-daughter thing – we tend to keep that out of it,” Derbie explains.

Early adds: “She’s worried about appearing to be mothering me so we keep our distance in the performing arena.
“But for me it’s brilliant because Mum’s hugely supportive and is always helping people backstage as well.”

By chance rather than choice, the pair won’t appear in the same scenes during this weekend’s outdoor theatre.
The performance is a collection of some of Shakespeare’s greatest scenes from 11 of his plays, acted out by 12 locals at various spots around the Gardens.

It’s the first show of its kind for Remarkable Theatre – formerly the Queenstown Shakespeare Trust – but president Jo Blick hopes it’ll appeal to many and become an annual thing.

The one-hour show takes the audience on a guided tour around the Gardens. Tours leave from the Park Street entrance every hour on the hour tomorrow between 6-8pm and Saturday between 2-8pm.
Entry is by gold coin donation.