10th November 2011
Audience members preening on stage? Fighting and gambling in the auditorium? Spectators heckling the actor, and being heckled back? Actresses hauled off to prison?
Playhouses in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were far from the polite, hushed auditoriums of today.
Dr Tom Wynn, senior lecturer at Durham University, explored how tragedy was really performed and experienced in Paris in the classical age to a mixed audience of staff, students, parents and other guests. Students studying modern foreign languages, literature and theatre studies were encouraged to attend and found the lecture to be fascinating and enriching.