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The Globes Audience in the Future
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1563  Monday, 23 August 2004

From:           Kate Pearce <
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Date:           Sunday, 22 Aug 2004 17:53:34 +0100
Subject:        The Globes Audience in the Future

I'm looking into the difference between an Elizabethan audience and
today's at the Globe.  I have been to The Globe a few times now and have
enjoyed the experience (as a Groundling and as a seated audience), and
loved the way the actor is connected with the audience. I'm curious, now
that we are in the 21st century, do today's audience prefer to be
secluded from the actor and his tale, or prefer to be included? We are
an audience that seems to sit in the dark (in cinema and theatre) and be
entertained by untouchable, limelight actors. Watching the response of
the audience at The Globe it made me question if we should take a leaf
out its books and break down the audience/actor barrier, or do we prefer
to watch the performer from a distance, making the actor a distant
illusion? If our greatest playwright created plays that interacted with
his audience, why have we become so distant from Shakespeare's audience
interaction?

Kate Pearce.

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