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Read Alive: Gallathea


Sun 4 Oct 2015, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Where: 17 Tory Street Art Space, 17 Tory St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: aniaupstill

First up in the Read Alive series of staged readings: Galathea. John Lyly's incredible tale of sea monsters, crossing dressing, feuding gods and homosexual love.

Read Alive, a new programme of staged readings, will challenge emerging directors to breath life into rarely performed plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods – in a single day. Actors will arrive at 10am, be given their scripts, and work on them for less than 6 hours before a public staged reading at 4pm.

Entry is by donation, and includes afternoon tea. So come along and discover rarely performed plays with a group of actors! We promise creative props, hilarious mistakes and unexpectedly poignant moments.

More About Read Alive:

Read Alive is presented by The Lord Lackbeards Touring Company [Lackbeards] in partnership with Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand [SGCNZ]. Read Alive specifically aims to give emerging directors and actors experience with unfamiliar texts and staging conventions that come from that historical period. The programme takes its inspiration from the highly successful Read Not Dead sessions at Shakespeare's Globe in London, which SGCNZ CEO Dawn Sanders saw in their earliest form almost two decades ago and several times since. Lackbeards Artistic Director Ania Upstill experienced during her time at Shakespeare's Globe earlier this year. Read Not Dead has proved extremely popular with audiences, who enjoy the chance to see rarely performed plays and the havoc and creativity on display during barely rehearsed staged readings.

The plays often surprise audiences with how modern they appear. Upstill “These plays portray human characters with emotions that are easily recognisable despite being written for a different social environment. Early modern drama might feature more magical situations than modern drama (it isn't uncommon for gods to appear for instance), but the humanity is still there. Plus, they're infectiously fun!”

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