Daily Review 27/07/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, July 27th, 2018 - 23 comments
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23 comments on “Daily Review 27/07/2018”

  1. McFlock 1

    For literally years Pop-up Globe have been criticised for majority and even exclusively casting male actors. Yes, Shakespeare did it, but that was in a time they literally put heads on pikes.

    So PUG finally overreached themselves and got enough bad PR to introduce a gender quota. It’s a step, I guess. It’s just a same to see significant levels of arts funding going to the abjectly tone-deaf.

    • Stunned mullet 1.1

      Pop up globe have been running a Kings ( male) and Queens (mixed) company for several years now. The pop up globe is undoubtedly the best thing to happen to Shakespeare in this part of the world for both the general public, students and those involved in live theatre.

      • McFlock 1.1.1

        Lol yeah – did they start at the same time, or did the mixed gender company start after people moaned about an all-male club? Neither response would be much of a surprise, which is the point. Was it last year that they put on a token all-female production, and then acted sad that all-female productions aren’t as successful (while ignoring that pug gave them one of the least popular plays for attendance and showed it on a monday and tuesday night)?

        If that’s the best thing to happen to Shakespeare, tank it and try something else.

        I’ve found over the last few years that the best theatre involves diversity. Not just gender or ethnicity, everything – even whether someone has an anxiety disorder that limits how much they can do in front of an audience.

        It forces the actors and directors to think and create and try new things, rather than coming up with a creditable but unmemorable production.

        Diversity shouldn’t be an afterthought. It makes us better practitioners.

        • Stunned Mullet

          The Queens company has been going since 2016. Generally the PUG has had four plays per year two of which were male actor only productions and two were mixed productions

          I’ve been attending their productions since their first season in 2015 as have tens of thousands of others.

          They are superb.

          • McFlock

            Think how much better they will be now they’ll be using the talents of the entire population, rather than just half.

        • chris t

          Please don’t start protesting female only gyms for not being diverse enough

          Everyone else has no problem with them

          • McFlock

            Ah. Pop-up Globe was male only because male actors feel objectified when women act alongside?

            The man is simply trying to do a quick soliloquy and he notices Goneril and Cordelia are staring at his tights in a really creepy way?

            Completely understandable then. Men need a safe space away from women Learing…

    • Mikey 1.2

      Pop up globe don’t get any arts funding at all. Zero state or council funding. Their shows are colour-blind cast and they employ many, many non-white actors. Time to get off their back and celebrate a NZ success – or it starts to look like you are on a classic NZ sour grapes / tall poppy trip.

    • bwaghorn 1.3

      I guess they could have argued that they were just honouring a long list cultural practice . You know like making woman sit behind you.

  2. Robert Guyton 2

    Eugenie; now is the time, your time, to draw the line in the sand.

  3. JC 3

    “Environmentalists say officials are sabotaging an anti-mining policy by opening up large areas of the South Island to mineral prospecting.”


    And So… who’s actually calling the Shots here? …. Industry… MBIE, or the .GOV?

    “And then she needs to wade in there with fire and sword and purge and restructure NZPAM until it implements the policy of the democraticly elected government.

    Because it is simply unacceptable for any government department to enact its own policy in this manner, and industry-captured agencies need to learn who they actually work for.”


  4. Stuart Munro 4

    It’s about time the bluff was called on some of these gross brown policies.

    1080 is annoying me at present – I’ve read the papers on it. The idea that a program to exterminate all NZ predators is either feasible or desirable is, like neo-liberalism, an artifact of wishful thinking.

    The idea that collateral kills are negligible is readily tested – one need only present a few pellets to the keas at Arthurs Pass. The sham safety would be disproved within the hour.

    Real science stands and falls on the principle of testable hypotheses – not the authoritarian suppression of inconvenient facts.

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