Inaugural lecture: What has theatre contributed to New Zealand culture?

Inaugural lecture: What has theatre contributed to New Zealand culture?

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Inaugural lectures

Event type: Public Lectures

15 June 2021 from 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm 15 Jun 2021 6:00 pm 15 Jun 2021 7:00 pm

Hunter Council Chamber, Level 2, Hunter Building, Kelburn Parade

Throughout human history, the theatre has maintained its magnetic attraction as a dynamic, accessible mode of storytelling. The digitalisation of society has not diluted the power of live performance, it has given it new relevance.

In this lecture, Professor David O’Donnell will examine the contribution of the theatre to the cultural capital of Aotearoa New Zealand.  At its best, theatre is community-forming, uniting audiences in a shared experience of contemplating the crucial issues of the time. Most importantly, the theatre teaches us empathy, at a period in time where we need a sense of compassionate responsiveness more than ever before.

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About Professor David O'Donnell

This is Professor O'Donnell’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington.

Our public lecture series gives you the opportunity to engage with the latest thinking on the world's major issues.