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Globe to Globe Hamlet opened at Shakespeare’s Globe on 23 April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. This completely unprecedented theatrical adventure will see Hamlet tour to every single country on earth over 2 years. Sixteen extraordinary men and women are currently travelling across the seven continents, performing in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues.

Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe and Director of Hamlet said:
‘Globe to Globe Hamlet was created with the aim of performing Hamlet to as many people as possible, in as diverse a range of places as possible. The central principle of the tour is that Shakespeare can entertain and speak to anyone, no matter where they are on earth; and that no country or people are not better off for the lively presence of Hamlet.’

Globe to Globe Hamlet has been performed in over 100 countries across the Americas, Europe and Africa to more than 89,000 people, with over 1/2 of the whole tour now complete.

January 2015 saw Hamlet travel to East Africa, with the first African performance of the tour at Algeria's National Theatre. Other January highlights included the incredible Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, the beautiful St Louis Cathedral in Carthage, Tunisia, and Ethiopia's National Theatre in Addis Ababa. A free outdoor performance in Sudan drew an audience of over 3000 people. On 29th January, the Hamlet company became the first foreign theatre company to perform a full play in Somaliland for 23 years. February 2015 has seen Hamlet continue its journey around East Africa, with performances outdoors in the gardens of the University of Rwanda, and in Burundi, Kenya and Uganda.

In 2014, Hamlet was performed to audiences at The Globe, in Wittenberg, in Tromsø within the Arctic Circle, in Moscow, through the Baltics, in Kiev on the eve of their elections to an audience including Vladimir Klitschko and Pietro Poroshenko, at the United Nations in New York, at the oldest theatre in Central America, the majestic Teatro Nacional de El Salvador, outside on the banks of the St Lawrence River in Canada, in the shadow of Mexico’s Yucatán Cathedral, built a year before Hamlet was written, at a beautiful marina in Antigua & Barbuda, on a mountainside in Guatemala, in St Kitts and Nevis, where the Hamlet company became the first international theatre group to perform on the island, in Poland, where the company was invited to open the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, outdoors for free in Chilean parks, in Argentina, which marked the 100th show, and across majestic national theatres throughout South America.

In October 2014 UNESCO patronage was granted to Globe to Globe Hamlet, in recognition of the tour’s engagement with local communities and promotion of cultural education.

Notes to Editors:

Globe to Globe Hamlet is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, designed by Jonathan Fensom and composed by Bill Barclay. The role of Hamlet is shared by Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat. All other male and female parts are played in rotation by Keith Bartlett, John Dougall, Miranda Foster, Phoebe Fildes, Beruce Khan, Tom Lawrence, Jennifer Leong, Rawiri Paratene, Matthew Romain and Amanda Wilkin.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, the theatre season plays in repertory from April to October annually, and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence. For the last five years Globe Theatre On Tour has taken productions to castles, festivals, parks and town squares

SUBJECT: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings its world tour production of Hamlet in Samoa [Venue: NUS Fale 
DATE: Friday 12 June 2015

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The journey of the company can be followed day to day on Twitter: and our blog: and our interactive map details all upcoming shows: Donations can be given by texting TOUR16 followed by £5 or £10 to 70070.

For more information please contact Helena Miscioscia on +44 (0) 207 902 1491 / 1492 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.• The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: The candlelit Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare's Globe opened in January 2014. The Playhouse hosts concerts and other events throughout the summer, with the main indoor theatre season running October to April.

• Globe Education: One of the largest arts education departments in the UK; each year, over 100,000 people of all ages and nationalities participate in its public events, workshops and courses. Globe Education also runs extensive outreach programmes for students and teachers in the Southwark community, nationally and internationally. 
• Globe Exhibition & Tour: Open to the public all year round, the Globe Exhibition and Tour explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote.
• Globe On Tour: The Globe’s productions tour extensively in the UK and internationally. Current and forthcoming tours include: Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet and King John.
• Globe to Globe Hamlet: An unprecedented two-year global tour of Hamlet to every country in the world with a company of twelve actors and four stage managers. The production is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, designed by Jonathan Fensom and composed by Bill Barclay. The role of Hamlet is shared by Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat. All other male and female parts are played in rotation by Keith Bartlett, John Dougall, Miranda Foster, Phoebe Fildes, Beruce Khan, Tom Lawrence, Jennifer Leong, Rawiri Paratene, Matthew Romain and Amanda Wilkin.
• Globe Player: A brand new online platform offering full-length HD films of over 50 Shakespeare productions at the Globe to rent or buy.
• Globe On Screen: Shakespeare’s Globe returns to cinemas in early 2015, bringing 2014’s season of triumphs to cinemas worldwide. Globe On Screen 2015 features The Duchess of Malfi, Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors, all captured ‘live’ in high definition.
• Globe Shop: Stocks a variety of products, including theatre season-specific merchandise. All profits go towards supporting our educational mission. 
• The Swan Bar and Restaurant and the Foyer Café Bar: Open all year round, for reservations and more information please call 020 7928 9444 or visit
• The Shakespeare Globe Trust: Registered UK charity No. 266916. Shakespeare’s Globe receives no regular public subsidy.

By Dr Maxine Newlands, Dr. Marie M’Balla-Ndi, Misa Vicky Lepou
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the National University of Samoa’s (NUS) Media and Journalism Program and the Australian James Cook University’s (JCU) Multimedia Journalism Program. 
The ground breaking agreement was signed on Friday by the NUS Vice Chancellor and President Professor Fui Leapai Tu’ua Īlaoa Asofou So’o, Misa Vicky Lepou and James Cook University lecturers Dr Maxine Newlands and Dr Marie M’Balla-Ndi. 
“This is a good start to building relationships with regional media education program like NUS to further enhance the quality of our media and journalism curriculum and prepare our graduates for the current demands of the industry,” said Prof. Fui. 
The arrangement means journalism students from both countries will work together on improving the understanding of cultural and social factors affecting news reporting. 
The MOU will provide opportunities to develop student exchanges between Samoan and Australia journalism students, greater exchange of research, teaching, courses and development of further research projects. 
“These are exciting times for both NUS and JCU journalism. Culture is a field that needs to be given more attention by journalism education and media researchers. This project is a promising step in the right direction,” said Dr M’Balla-Ndi.
The partnership builds on a 2014-2015 PACMAS funded pilot project pairing up Samoan and Australian journalism students by reporting on issues that affect both countries. The pilot study has twelve students learning how to report on crime reporting, climate change, women in parliament, and creative writing from the two countries’ perspective. 
“This project hopes to break down some of the barriers in reporting practices and give our students the wonderful opportunity to learn about Samoa and Samoan journalism, and hopefully lead to more opportunities,” added Dr Newlands. 
The next step is an application to the Australian government New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant for funding to send JCU journalism students to NUS for studies and work experience.
“It is an opportunity for Australian journalism students to get to know more about cultural issues impacting the role of the media in Samoa,” said Misa. “This is a platform to provide them with extensive skills, knowledge and attitude on reporting culturally sensitive issues in Samoa.”
The New Colombo Plan is a scholarship program for study of up to one year and internships or mentorships in the Indo Pacific region. *Dr. Maxine Newlands, Dr. M’Balla-Ndi and Misa Vicky Lepou are lecturers and practitioners in media and journalism.

New era in Media Education in the Tropics: The National University of Samoa (NUS) and James Cook University (JCU) sealing the deal. (l-r) Misa Vicky Lepou (NUS Media and Journalism Lecturer), Dr. Maxine Newlands (JCU Multimedia Journalism Lecturer), Dr. Marie M’Balla-Ndi (JCU Multimedia Journalism Lecturer) and NUS Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Fui Le’apai Tu’ua Īlaoa Asofou So’o.

The National University of Samoa (NUS) Vice Chancellor and President Professor Fui Le'apai Tu'ua 'Ilaoa Asofou So'o has sealed the next three years of his contract to continue what he had started since being appointed at the helm of the country's largest education institution. Signed in the presence of Pro Chancellor A'eau Chris Hazelman and Registrar, Luagalau Foisagasina Eteuati-Shon, Prof. Fui aims to achieve the many developments he had started and hoping to have it all implemented within the next three years."

(l-r) Pro Chancellor A'eau Chris Hazelman and Vice Chancellor and President Professor Fui Le'apai Tu'ua 'laoa Asofou So'o.

A group of senior Pacific media leaders have begun the PACMAS Strategic Media Leadership program aimed at developing impactful leaders who can effectively drive and manage change. The program aims to reinvigorate participant’s leadership perspectives and capabilities through the intensive week-long training currently underway in Vanuatu. The program is also aimed at empowering leaders to achieve high-impact outcomes to ensure their organizations are adaptable, resilient and capable of thriving in an environment of constant change.

Each of the thirteen participants are focused on specific projects from their respective organisations and will be mentored over the next four months by John Trevillyan who is the resource person for the program. John is a Partner in Negotiation Education Australia, and was Director of Mount Eliza Campus Operations and Open Programs. In his time at Mt Eliza, John was variously responsible for the Corporate Programs Division, Executive MBA Programs and developing the schools suite of Workplace Programs.

The participants are:
Jeane Matenga – CEO @ Cooks Islands Radio, Television and newspaper;
Katangaua Bautira – Engineer @ Broadcasting & Publications Authority of Kiribati;
Ruth Tepeiru Kedea – Manager Sales @ Distribution Click Pacific Limited;
Rosemarie Ellie Botong – Program Director @ PNG FM Limited;
Victoria Lepou – Journalism Lecturer @ National University of Samoa;
Joseph Ofomana – Human Resource Manager @ Island Sun Solomon Islands;
Samisoni Pareti – Group Editor-in-chief & Company Director Islands Business Fiji
Viola Ulakai – Heads of Programs & News Tonga Broadcasting Commission;
Wilson Toa – Research Officer PACMAS Vanuatu;
Talita Tu’ipulotu – Innovation Fund Coordinator PACMAS Vanuatu;
Ellenson Taurakoto – Website Coordinator PACMAS Vanuatu;
Elizabeth Graham – Team Leader Radio Vanuatu;Stevenson Liu – Team Leader Television Blong Vanuatu
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Vicky Leopu

Victoria Lepou – Journalism Lecturer @ National University of Samoa

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