Gaiety Theatre

Monday 16th March

Creating An Imaginary World: Theatre Design From Temple To Playhouse, Into The Picture Frame And Out Again

Joint lecture with The Arts Society Isle of Man

Theatrical scene design is one of the world's most beautiful, varied and lively art forms. In his talk, Bertie Pearce looks at the relationship between actor and audience and how this transformed the space and architecture of theatre throughout the ages. Beginning with the Greeks and their remarkable innovations to pageants, masques, liturgical drama, through the science of perspective, to court theatre. A quick glance at Commedia dell'arte before entering the Elizabethan stage of the Globe and the Fortune and arriving at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. From great architects such as Inigo Jones and Frank Matcham, to practitioners such as Granville Barker and Gordon Craig and designers Cecil Beaton and Oliver Messel, Bertie brings to life the magical world of theatre. Bertie has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University, and a Diploma Internationale from the École Internationale du Théatre, Jacques Lecoq. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle, with Gold Star. Past experience includes lecturing and performing on cruise ships, and to U3A, historical societies, festivals, schools and colleges. In addition, he has toured the world with a magic cabaret show and a one man show entitled All Aboard. Has written articles for newspapers and magazines on entertainment and theatre.

Time: 7.00pm. Welcome drink from 6.30pm

Venue: Manx Museum Lecture Theatre  Max 90 £10pp