The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0478 Wednesday, 17 March 1999.
Date: Wednesday, 17 Mar 1999 14:32:04 +1100
Subject: 10.0465 Re: Lyly's GALLATHEA at CCNY
Comment: Re: SHK 10.0465 Re: Lyly's GALLATHEA at CCNY
Ivan Fuller refers to the production of Gallathea that I directed here
at the University of New England in Australia in 1995. I'm happy to
respond to any queries about our staging of it.
Helen Ostovich asks about the final transformation. I assume she is
asking about the proposed transformation of one of the women into a man.
This transformation falls outside the text, after the play finishes,
which is important because nobody knows which of the two is to be
In any case, since both of them are dressed as and look like boys at the
time (and in our production were played by boys), any transformation
would be extremely subtle.
If anyone is interested, I've recently published an article on this
subject (including some thoughts about similar uses of the crossdressing
technique in Shakespeare's plays), coming out of the experience of
directing the production, in Australasian Drama Studies 33, October
Professor of Theatre Studies
School of English, Communication and Theatre
University of New England