The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.203 Friday, 24 April 2015
Date: April 23, 2015 at 2:37:56 AM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare’s Globe Pops Up Downunder
Here’s a fun story for Shakespeare’s birthday today - and the 399th Anniversary of his death. We’d be really grateful if you could find space to put this up, and help us to build the Pop-up Globe in time for next year’s 400th Anniversary.
You can see some coverage here:
The release is below, and loads more stuff at www.popupglobe.com
High res stuff - images, video, press release - is at our media centre: http://bit.ly/1GkmFeR
The Pop-up Globe Team
Media release - 23 April 2015.
For immediate release.
Shakespeare’s Globe Pops Up Downunder
World-first full-scale Pop-up Globe Theatre to rise
in New Zealand for 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death
In exactly a year’s time the quatercentenary of William Shakespeare’s death will be marked with a performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in stunning Elizabethan costumes, staged in the world’s first Pop-up Globe - a full-scale temporary replica of Shakespeare’s second Globe Theatre - in Auckland, New Zealand.
Pop-up Globe is the brainchild of New Zealand-born UK-trained Doctor of Shakespeare Miles Gregory.
“Seeing Shakespeare’s plays performed in the environment they were written for is a completely unique experience – as much a party as a performance” say Dr Gregory, who has twenty years international experience producing and directing theatre, including for Shakespeare’s Globe, London.
Pop-up Globe will be a full-size temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s second Globe Theatre, made to its exact dimensions, designed using the world’s leading research, and big enough for a thousand people.
“This has never been done before”, Gregory adds.
Pop-up Globe will be built by Camelspace, local experts in constructing extraordinary temporary structures, present three months of theatre, celebrate Shakespeare’s life and work with a gala event on 23 April 2016, then tour the world.
“This is for more than Shakespeare lovers,” says Gregory, “It’s a thrilling live experience that puts the audience at the heart of the action. And with tickets starting from just $10, we can’t wait for opening night.”
The project has met with enthusiasm from Shakespeare's Globe London. "What a great idea” says Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. “Touring Shakespeare has been a tradition since the plays were first written 400 years ago. We are delighted that the Globe building itself is now traversing the planet".
Tim Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor at Sydney University, on whose ground-breaking research the design has been based, says “Our research answers important questions around the shape and size of Shakespeare’s Globe, and challenges some of the fundamental assumptions made in the past about this fascinating theatre. People are going to be coming from the Northern Hemisphere to see this”.
“It’s a game changer” says Nick Brown, facilitator of Dramanet, a global forum of 695 drama teachers, and Pop-up Globe Education & Outreach Consultant.
“We’re expecting to see literally thousands of teachers and students participate in Pop-up Globe. It will radically alter the way Shakespeare is taught and understood in New Zealand for years to come”.
Pop-up Globe has launched an international Kickstarter campaign for funding the first-phase construction of the theatre. A multi-channel approach will then see final construction and operation funded through a combination of box office ticket sales, sponsorship, and state grants.
Dr Gregory says “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve already received from individuals and businesses both locally and internationally.”
“Now we’re looking for sponsors, arts donors, and proud New Zealanders to join us and help make this project the best it can be”.
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About Shakespeare’s Second Globe Theatre
The first Globe theatre was built in 1599 and stood for only 14 years. It burned down during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII, when a piece of wadding fired from a cannon set the thatched roof alight. Incredibly, all three thousand audience members apparently escaped without injury, except for one man whose flaming trousers were doused by a bottle of ale.
The second Globe was immediately built on the same foundations at the then vast cost of £1,400. It thrived for almost 30 years, from 1614-1642, when the outbreak of the English Civil war forced its closure and eventual demolition some years later.
The design of the Pop-up Globe is rigorously based on the groundbreaking historical research undertaken by Professor Tim Fitzpatrick and Russell Emerson of Sydney University Department of Performance Studies over a five year period.
This has resulted in a new reconstruction of the probable shape and size of the second Globe Theatre that is quite different in size and shape from Shakespeare’s Globe completed in 1997 on Bankside, London.
Fitzpatricks research indicates that the standing space in the yard should be nearly 50% smaller than the London Globe, and the stage should have only two doors. The dimensions of the building itself are some 10% smaller than the London Globe.
About Dr Miles Gregory
“At long last, a director that does Shakespeare – and indeed theatre - the way it should be done” The Stage, UK
“Fizzing with talent”, The Independent, UK
Aged twenty Miles Gregory experienced a Shakespeare performance at Shakespeare’s Globe, London for the first time. The experience changed his life. He realized his destiny would be to bring the magic of Shakespeare alive so that others can enjoy the same incredible experience that for him was so profound.
Dr Gregory holds a PhD in Shakespearean performance from the University of Bristol and a Master of Fine Art in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter. He is an acclaimed international director and producer of Shakespeare. Miles grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and has returned to bring to life his dream: Pop-up Globe.
The idea struck him when he was reading a book about theatres with his youngest daughter. “The Globe Theatre literally popped up,” he recalls, “and my daughter asked me if we could go there. I thought long and hard, and this is the result.”