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Quorum Drama Seminar Series: Louise Owen – Wednesday 8 February 2017
8th February 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Quorum is a series of research seminars in the drama department at Queen Mary. All events are free and open to everyone. Drinks and snacks provided. Arts One building, RR2.
Continuing our themes of capital and imperialism, we welcome Dr Louise Owen.
Social bodies: The Oresteia at Shakespeare’s Globe
In summer 2015, Shakespeare’s Globe presented Rory Mullarkey’s adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia. Directed by Adele Thomas, the piece in performance interleaved multiple temporal schemas: the classical Greek polis represented in the drama, the Globe’s imitation of early modern theatre space, and the fashions and cinematic, televisual and aural cultures of postwar Britain and Europe. For much of the piece, a cladding of rough wooden planks hid the Globe’s ornate stage, the vengeful aphorism ‘TΎΜΜΑ ΤΎΜΜΑΤΙ ΤΕIΣΑΙ’ (‘you will pay stroke for stroke’) (Shapiro and Burian 2003: 35) sprayed upon them in red – a striking scenographic allusion to the crisis in Greece. This paper analyses the production’s aesthetic strategies in terms of a commentary on austerity, focusing on two aspects most critical to the collective engagement of its audience: sound and smoke.
Louise Owen is a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research examines contemporary theatre and performance in terms of economic change and modes of governance, in particular the social and cultural effects of neoliberalization. She is co-director of Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, and co-convenor of London Theatre Seminar.