Astonish Me: First Nights that Changed the World
In conversation with David Lister
Finishes at: Sunday 29 October 7:00 PM
Dominic Dromgoole was Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre for many years. No-one understands better than he does how theatre can be a life-changing experience – indeed has been many times over.
This lively and beautifully written book tells of those times when the performing arts have caused ‘the air between people … to alter.’
It begins in New York in 1963, as Lorraine Hansberry remakes a nation's perception of race. Then we find ourselves in Renaissance Florence, watching Michelangelo's David being hauled into the Piazza della Signoria. As the dust settles, we are transported to the birth of theatre in fifth-century Athens, then to Paris to meet Diaghilev and Stravinsky for the Rite of Spring. We witness kabuki's creation, as a radical women's performance, the Sex Pistols shattering Thatcherite Britain and Hitchcock directing Psycho.
‘Watching the world change from the best seats.’
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