‘Here is my space; the nobleness of life is to do thus’: democratizing performance and emboding presence at the Pop-up Globe Theatre in Auckland.
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Citation:Byrnes, Vanessa. (2020, June). ‘Here is my space; the nobleness of life is to do thus’: democratizing performance and emboding presence at the Pop-up Globe Theatre in Auckland. Paper presented at the Fifteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society, Galway, Ireland.
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This paper considers elemental, performative, and spatial opportunities available to actors, directors, and audience in the construction of performance on the open-air stage. This stems from reflection and evidence gained while directing and producing a heavilyedited, contemporary reworking of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra at the Pop-up Globe Theatre’s inaugural season in Auckland (March-April 2016). This temporary spatial response to Shakespeare gave birth to something quite new in the South Pacific that has since been iterated many times, and proven to be a successful exercise in democratizing performance for many