About this CD-Rom

What is it?

This is a multimedia exposition and comparison of three parallel productions of The Shakespeare Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream, all directed by Deguchi Norio at the Tokyo Globe in 1994.

What does it do?

Each production is represented by a sequence of "pages" containing either still images or video clips. By moving through each sequence (turning the pages), the viewer can form an idea of what each production looked like and how it evolved.

In addition to its visual content, each page contains two types of textual content:-

  • a "commentary" on theatrical artistry and cultural context.
  • the Shakespeare text corresponding to the moment shown on the screen.

As well as following the line of a given sequence, the viewer can move across sequences, to discover how a moment or line or scene is handled in the other productions. Typically, these "horizontal" explorations are prompted within a given commentary rather than at random.

This "contrast and compare" facility offers an idea of the accumulated theatrical language and performative repertoire of one of the most important post-war directors of Shakespeare in Japan. It also offers useful insights into important differences of cultural character and theatrical interpretation across the productions.

Who -- and what -- is it for?

Our aim is to produce a performance description useful to both Japanese and non-Japanese viewers alike.

The Authors

Ryuta Minami teaches in the Department of English at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. His email address is <ryutam@inst.kobe-cufs.ac.jp>

Ian Carruthers teaches in the Department of Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University. His email address is <I.Carruthers@latrobe.edu.au>. Further information may be obtained from Http://www.latrobe.edu.au/www/drama.

John Gillies is an Australia Research Council Fellow in the Department of Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University. His email address is <J.Gillies@latrobe.edu.au>. Further information may be obtained from Http://www.latrobe.edu.au/www/drama.

Where is it coming from?

This is a product of "Shakespeare in Asia", a project supported by an Australia Research Council large grant (1996-8), for the purposes of:-