Lodestone or Leadweight: How Shakespeare“Means” at the New Zealand International Arts Festival
James McKinnon;Victoria University of Wellington;
Shakespeare's plays served many generations of Pākehā colonists as a cultural compass, orienting them to their symbolic and geographical "North": Britain. But how will Shakespeare serve contemporary Aotearoans –Pākehā, Māori, and otherwise – as they navigate the 21 st century? Shakespeare remains New Zealand's most performed playwright, and the only one with festivals dedicated to producing his work. But Britain's magnetic pull is not what it once was, and Shakespeare now polarises in a different sense, as became apparent in recent debates over whether his role in the secondary school curriculum should be diminished or eliminated. Will New Zealanders come to view Shakespeare as a relic of the colonial past, or claim him as an integral part of their "own" culture?Will they continue to look overseas for examples of "authentic" Shakespeare, or chart their own course? And in defining their relationship to Shakespeare, how will they redefine themselves?
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