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Lockdown reading from TPT’s pop-up library

17 May 2020

The Conversation

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Like the theatre, the written word has been a powerful catalyst for change since Johannes Gutenberg set up his first printing press in the 15th century. This technology gave authors the means to bring arguments to the masses, and facilitated the transfer of ideas across space and time. Indeed, books are a form of conversation – between writer and reader, and among readers.

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We launched The Performance Theatre’s pop-up library at TPT 2018, inviting members of our community to share book recommendations related to our programme theme. Captured on bookplates tucked into recommended volumes, these recommendations have sparked conversations both in the moment and months afterwards.

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From TPT's 2019 pop-up library in Seattle

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If you are using this period of lockdown to make a dent in your reading list, we have selected a few titles from The Performance Theatre Pop-Up Library that might inspire you. Originally recommended in relation to our 2018 or 2019 themes (Unfinished Revolutions  and Higher Resolutions), they offer perspectives on inner journeys and outer journeys – the kind of travel we can enjoy without leaving our homes.

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We will continue to share recommendations from the library, choosing a handful at a time that relate to a common theme. We also welcome new recommendations from our community. Write to us on hello@theperformancetheatre.com and we’ll add it to the list on this page.

Since The Performance Theatre (TPT) 2018 in Berlin, we have been honouring the power of books to transform; collaborating with the team at Little Free Library on a pop-up TPT book exchange. Little Free Library is a non-profit organisation that inspires a love of reading, builds community connections, and sparks creativity by fostering neighbourhood book exchanges around the world. Over the years it has created a hyper-local economy around a very personal kind of value: ideas, comfort and inspiration.