July 30, 2018
THE POP-UP GLOBE MEN-ONLY OUTRAGE
Editor posted 21 Jul 2018, 03:59 PM
In his TheatreScenes blog, James Wenley has collated much of the debate that has been raging over the Pop-Up Globe’s decision to mount two plays – including The Taming of the Shrew – with all-male casts in their 2019 ‘Abuse of Power’ season, and to use #metoo and #timesup in their marketing strategy. [More]
Editor posted 30 Jul 2018, 12:50 PM
This is very welcome news:
27 July at 14:00 ·
At Pop-up Globe we strive to make work that brings unity, joy and hope.
The response to our upcoming Auckland season has made us think about how we can do this better.
So we’re making a change.
From today we are making a commitment to cast equal numbers of male and female actors for every new Auckland season.
In the 2018/19 Auckland season of The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Measure for Measure, and Hamlet, 14 women and 14 men will make up two 50:50 gender-balanced casts.
In any future seasons we will work within this commitment to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the work we produce, celebrating and sharing the magic of Shakespeare’s plays.
There may be different gender balances for individual productions, but there will be 50:50 gender balance on stage during a season.
We appreciate this is a change to our published casting. If you purchased a ticket to The Taming of the Shrew or Richard III and wish to have a refund please contact our ticketing partner Eventfinda on 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) or firstname.lastname@example.org. See popupglobe.co.nz for terms and conditions.
Thank you to everyone who has given us their feedback. We’re very grateful.
Dr Miles Gregory
Artistic Director & Founder, Pop-up Globe