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A Barrier That Only Theatre Can Cross

November 5, 2012

If you attend the theatre regularly, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but I think it bears repeating, and no one expressed it better than Robertson Davies.

In his novel, The Lyre of Orpheus, Davies reminds us that “much of the magic of a great theatrical moment is created by the audience itself, a magic impalpable but vividly present, and that what begins as trickery of lights and paint is enlarged and made fine by the response of the beholders. There are no great performances without great audiences, and this is the barrier that film and television, by their utmost efforts, cannot cross, for there can be no interaction between what is done, and those to whom it is done. Great theatre, great music-drama, is created again and again on both sides of the footlights.”

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Globe Theatre website at www.globetheatrelive.com.

Nick Miliokas is a freelance writer and editor based in Regina. You can reach him by email at rozenstern@rocketmail.com.

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