Reconstructing theatre: the Globe under Dominic Dromgoole
Cornford, Tom. (2010) Reconstructing theatre: the Globe under Dominic Dromgoole. New Theatre Quarterly, Vol.26 (No.104). pp. 319-328. ISSN 0266-464XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266464X1000062X
In this article Tom Cornford examines the policy of extending and adapting the permanent stage of Shakespeare's Globe for each new production, as pursued by Dominic Dromgoole since the beginning of his tenure as Artistic Director in 2006. The article responds initially to John Russell Brown's equation in NTQ 102 of a particular kind of 'intimate' acting with 'small theatres'. Cornford resists this conflation of acting and building, seeing in it a tendency to obscure both the role of reconstructed theatres to challenge contemporary notions of the 'rightness' of theatre spaces and the role of directors and actors to convert their apparent problems into opportunities. He explores the transformation of the Globe since 2006, using interviews given by Dromgoole and the directors working with the Globe's research team to critique the theory underpinning the 'permanently temporary' alterations to the theatre, and takes the evidence of performances to examine their use of the space in practice. Cornford offers a selection of staging solutions to the apparent 'problems' identified by Dromgoole and his team, and proposes an alternative model of reconstruction: not the rebuilding of the theatre, but the constant reviewing of theatre practice, including training. Tom Cornford is a freelance director and teacher of acting for the Guthrie Theater/University of Minnesota BFA Program, the Actors' Centre in London, and Globe Education at Shakespeare's Globe. He was, until recently, Artist in Residence at the CAPITAL Centre in the University of Warwick, where he is undertaking PhD research.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > English and Comparative Literary Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||New Theatre Quarterly|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of Pages:||10|
|Page Range:||pp. 319-328|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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