Elizabeth Freestone: 'all which it inherit shall dissolve': Ecodramaturgy and the cultural infrastructure of Shakespeare's The Tempest
6.12.2023, 10-11.30 in H 307
To re-contextualise a play is also to re-set the expectations of those involved in both making and watching a show. Through an ecodramaturgical approach to both content and form, this production of The Tempest attempted to challenge, on several fronts, some of the received cultural baggage associated with the play. By doing so, the ambition was to lever the text's potential to establish new imaginative patterns that might subvert existing cultural infrastructures. In turn, these might galvanise behaviours and responses (both within the audience and amongst the producing organisation) in the hope of creating a pathway towards an ecological transformation, both on and off stage.
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