Archive for October, 2010



October 29, 2010

Medieval and Early Modern Research Initiative

A provisional list of MEMORI speakers with dates is now available here. MEMORI is a research seminar at Cardiff University run by the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy.


Shakespeare’s Globe: Gesture Lab, Nov 5-7

October 27, 2010

Advising artists about imitation, Leonardo da Vinci suggested they “take pleasure in carefully watching those who talk together with gesticulating hands, and get near to listen to what makes them make that particular gesture”. The Shakespeare’s Globe Gesture Lab will conduct a similar experiment by bringing together theatre practitioners, drama scholars, cognitive theorists and psychologists to investigate the relationship gesture and thought have to performance.

What is the relationship between gesture and thought? How do actors incorporate gesture into their performances? How conscious is the actor’s hand? Can we develop a theory of acting or a method of actor training by studying historical gestures? Over the three days, theatre practitioners will conduct experiments on the Globe stage and academics will give papers on a variety of topics related to these questions and together discuss the dynamic relationship between the hand and mind in performance.

Experiments include:

Ben Naylor and Anna Morrissey (The Central School of Speech and Drama) ‘The Bulwer Project’ ;
Tom Cornford (University of Warwick) ‘Thinking with Your Hands: Michael Chekhov’s “Language of Gestures”’;
Stephen Purcell (Southampton Solent University) and Andy Kesson (University of Kent) ‘“Here, where you are”: Investigating Dramatic and Theatrical Space’

Speakers include:

Professor John Astington (University of Tornoto)
Professor Geoff Beattie (Manchester University)
Dr Bridget Escolme (Queen Mary University of London)
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Professor David McNeil (University of Chicago)
Dr Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin College, Virginia)
Professor Evelyn Tribble (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Date and Time

Friday 5th November, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday 6th November, 10:30am – 5:45pm
Sunday 7th November, 10:15am – 3:00pm

Times may change as the schedule develops.


Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

For ticket information visit the Globe website here.


Hamlet and Poetry: Call For Papers

October 25, 2010

ATRiuM, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, UK  –  13-14 September 2011
Deadline for proposals: 7 January 2011

An international conference in Cardiff organised by Dr Márta Minier (University of Glamorgan) and Dr Ruth J. Owen (Cardiff University)
Shakespeare’s Hamlet and its innumerable rewrites and intertextual traces have been shaping literary and cultural production for centuries. This multidisciplinary conference will bring together scholars of literature from Modern Languages, English, Drama, Translation Studies and Creative Writing to reflect on the rewrites and traces in poetry. It will focus on the interrelationships between Hamlet and poetry in terms of influence, allusion, intertextuality and transposition. Whilst Hamlet has made possible some great modern poems, the ramifications of Shakespeare’s play for poetry and poetics have been considerably less charted than the narrative and dramatic rewrites. This conference seeks to redress the balance by examining how, and to what ends, poetry has recourse to Hamlet, its fragments and its translations.
We invite twenty-minute papers in English on Hamlet-related poems in any language. We welcome papers on a particular poem, poetic genre, style, trend, national poetry, or authorial oeuvre; and on the role of translation. Selected papers will be published in a guest-edited issue of the peer-reviewed journal New Readings before the end of 2013.
Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof Neil Corcoran, (University of Liverpool), author of Shakespeare and the Modern Poet (2010)

A fee will be charged for this conference.

Please email your proposed title and 250-word abstract as an attachment in Word to both <> and <> with the subject-line “Hamlet and Poetry”.

Deadline for abstracts: 7 January 2011


Visions and Visionaries – Shakespeare Paper

October 25, 2010

Étienne Poulard will be presenting a paper today as part of the Visions and Visionaries project at Cardiff University.

The paper is entitled: ‘”Observation Strange”: Shakespearean Theories of Vision’

The interdisciplinary seminar, funded by Cardiff University Graduate Schools, is open to research students and staff at Cardiff University.

Visit the V&V facebook page here.


Hamlet: Prince of Denmark

October 22, 2010

Memorial Hall and Theatre, a vibrant and exciting performance arts venue situated in the heart of Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan

Icarus Theatre Collective and Harrogate Theatre

Monday, 08 November, 2010; Time: 7:30pm

£10.00, £8.00 concessions

A revenge thriller asking: Does revenge justify murder?

Do I murder the king now or wait for proof? Are women constant and worthy or flippant and unfaithful? Is life worth living?

To be or not to be… Hamlet asks these questions as he struggles to find one moral absolute in a murderous, corrupt world.

Shakespeare’s most iconic and challenging play – arguably the world’s greatest dramatic work – goes for the jugular without hesitation.

A fresh, kinetic, and above all accessible production, perfect for students and adults alike to learn or re-visit the story.

This is an ensemble play with respect for realism and the eloquence of the verse blended with physical theatre and a subtle score.

Visit Memorial Hall, Barry website here.

Visit Icarus Theatre website here.




October 20, 2010

Department of English, University of Chichester

For more about the conference press here.

Conference Fee: £25 (Concessions, £15)
To register, contact Lorna Sargent, Administrator,
Department of English, University of Chichester,
College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6PE,
email:, telephone 01243 816163
or Duncan Salkeld at,
or 01243 816184.


Cardiff Shakespeare Readers: The Winter’s Tale

October 19, 2010

The next Cardiff Shakespeare Readers gathering will take place this Sunday.

The Winter’s Tale

Sunday October 24th 2010, 6.30pm,

Media Point, Chapter, Cardiff.

Click here for more information.

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