publication . Article . 2014

Old plays, new narratives: fan production of new media texts from broadcast theatre

Abbott, Daisy;
Open Access English
  • Published: 24 Oct 2014
  • Publisher: University of Toronto
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
When a theatrical performance is digitally broadcast live to cinemas, the limitations of temporal and spatial specificity are removed and the theatrical experience is simultaneously opened up to a wider audience and inherently altered. One such production, Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse, 2013-14), starring an actor with a particularly enthusiastic online fan community, was broadcast to cinemas by National Theatre Live where fans recorded it on digital devices, extracted clips and produced animated gifs, which they captioned to reinterpret the play, sharing them online, removed from their original context. The transformation of theatre texts to cinemas to social me...
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