Creating an Imaginary World – Theatre Design From Temple to Playhouse, Into the Picture Frame and Out Again by Bertie Pearce – Thursday 5th October 2023

Theatrical Scene design is one of the world’s most beautiful and lively art forms. In his talk, Bertie 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 Pearce

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It is a delight to once again welcome  Bertie Pearce whose most recent talk to us was the outstanding  Dickens of a Christmas and God Bless Us Everyone viewed online in December 2020. Bertie has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University and a Diploma Internationale from the ‘Ecole Internationale du Theatre, Jacques Lecoq. He is also 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. Bertie has written articles for newspapers and magazines on entertainment and theatre.