How Shakespeare’s Globe got built – Diana Devlin’s personal account

Come to another Shakespeare lunchtime talk on Thursday 2 June 12.30-1.30pm at Central Library. Diana will present a personal account of the struggle, going back to 1972, when she was first involved in Sam Wanamaker’s concept to reconstruct Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Included will be film footage taken during the project.

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About the speaker:
Diana is Deputy Chair, Shakespeare Globe Council, a member of Globe Education Advisory Group and a freelance tutor in theatre arts, including Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Mountview Theatre School and Globe Education. Since 1995 she has lead ‘Rarely Played’ and other seminars at Globe Education.

From 1985-87, Diana was Administrator of the International Shakespeare Globe Centre, London working closely with the late Sam Wanamaker in the Globe reconstruction’s formative days and was later appointed a Trustee.

Diana Devlin read English at Cambridge University and gained her doctorate in Theatre Arts on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Minnesota. She has taught in numerous colleges and universities in the UK and USA including The Colorado College, Goldsmiths’ College, Central School, RADA, and Webber-Douglas.

As Head of Drama Studies, Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 1993-2011, Diana’s responsibilities included leading validation and revalidation of BA and MA programmes in Acting Department. She has been on other validation panels for BA in the UK, Hong Kong and USA. Between 1989-93 she was Personnel and Training Manager Trinity College of Music (Stage Presentation for Singers) and at Central School of Speech and Drama (course leading to BA Central School of Speech and Drama (course leading to BA in Drama). From 1980, Diana was appointed Advisory Drama Teacher, Inner London Education Authority. She has written several books and many articles and reviews.

Among her other fascinating roles, Diana was Training Consultant to Royal Collection Enterprises, including delivery of visitor care training at Buckingham Palace (Summer Opening, Queen’s Picture Gallery, Royal Mews), Sandringham House and Personnel and Training Manager, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent.

SGCNZ is grateful to Shakespeare’s Globe, London for assisting in bringing Diana to New Zealand and Wellington City Libraries for hosting this talk.

For more information about Shakespeare events check out our blog – www.wcl.govt.nz/shakespearelives

“Nui Nui Rangatira”: Dr George Evans with author Helen Riddiford

2015 is a year of many anniversaries.

But this week there is a wonderful opportunity to upgrade your knowledge of Wellington history with the story of the arrival of the first New Zealand Company settlers and their impact upon tangata whenua – a huge change in the structure of life at Te Whanganui-a-Tara, 1840.

Today at 1 pm, Helen Riddiford will outline her story of the coming together of these two cultures as portrayed through her recently published book: A Blighted fame : George S. Evans, 1802-1868. (VUP, 2015)

Helen’s presentation:

index ‘Nui Nui Rangatira’: Dr George Evans, his role in the New Zealand Company and his Relationship with Māori”

Colonial founder ; the story of Hiakai and the creation of te reo Māori grammar book (London, 1837-38); accomplished speaker of the language; the unfolding legend of Ruhia Porutu, Thomas McKenzie & Dr Evans’ partially-built house (1840) ; defender of Māori under British law (1841) ; and other events.

In the recounting the story of George Evans, we discover unfolding snippets of Māori interaction and encounters with a new way of life amongst the New Zealand Company settlers. 2015 is also the 150 year anniversary of Wellington as the capital city of New Zealand This is a fine chance to hear and understand acoming together of two cultures and thebackground stories to the making of Wellington city.

Nau mai, haere mai ki tō tatou whare
Wellington City, Central Library
Friday 17 April, Ground Floor, 1 pm