Entries open for the 2019 Canning Shakespeare Competition

Year 10 - 12 students living or studying in the wider Peel region are invited to enter the 2019 Canning Shakespeare Competition.

The competition is run annually by Canning MP Andrew Hastie and provides young people the opportunity to perform onstage and engage with one of the biggest influences on the English language.

Participating students record and submit a monologue performance from one of Shakespeare's works.

Ten finalists are then chosen to perform live onstage at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

This year's panel of judges includes Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts senior acting lecturer Glenda Linscott, THEATRE 180 artistic director Stuart Halusz and Big Sky Entertainment director Rebecca Davis.

Mr Hastie said the competition, in its fourth year, provided unique exposure opportunities and there were major prizes to be won.

"The Canning Shakespeare Competition is an exciting opportunity for local students to practice their theatrical skills and engage with the work of our most influential poet and playwright," he said.

"There are big prizes to be won, as well as the opportunity to meet and receive feedback from accomplished members of WA's performing arts community.

"I encourage all eligible students to enter the competition."

Monologues must be a maximum of two-and-a-half minutes long, performed in character and recited from memory.

Submissions must be submitted to Mr Hastie's office by 5pm on Friday, August 2.

The 10 finalists will perform at the Fishtrap Theatre of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, August 31.

The winner will receive $1000, with $750 and $500 available for the students in second and third place.

For more information, visit www.andrewhastie.com.au/shakespeare2019