Archive for December, 2010


National Theatre Wales: what do you think?

December 30, 2010

From Theatre in Wales:

Have your say at

A researcher at Aberystwyth University is investigating what audiences
think about National Theatre Wales’ first year of work.

There is a real lack of knowledge about what audiences get out of going to
the theatre, with very few projects interested in talking to audiences
about what they think and feel about performances. This general problem
becomes a really significant one when a theatre company is trying to do
something innovative, like NTW.

NTW began working in March this year and have already produced seven
shows, one per month, with six more planned before April 2011. They aim to
‘create bold, invigorating theatre in the English language, rooted in
Wales, with an international reach’, and to engage and involve their
audiences ‘in surprising ways and unexpected places’. This research hopes
to explore the extent to which actual audiences feel they have achieved
these goals.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve seen only one performance or all of them
so far: the NTW Audience Research Project would love to hear your
thoughts. A quick online questionnaire is available at, or contact Kirsty Sedgman at (TFTS Dept, Aberystwyth University, SY23 2AX). The
questionnaire will only take a few minutes to complete, and you will be
making a huge contribution to this research and to a field of study which
up until now has been neglected.

TFTS Dept, Aberystwyth University  
web site

Notes and Queries

December 28, 2010

The latest issue of Notes and Queries includes Elizabeth Ford‘s book review of The English Clown Tradition: From the Middle Ages to Shakespeare by Robert Hornback.


Cahiers Élisabéthains

December 19, 2010

The 2010 autumn issue of Cahiers Élisabéthains has now been published. It includes Johann Gregory‘s review of Castaway Community Theatre’s Bartholomew Fair.


CFP: American Shakespeare Centre Conference

December 15, 2010

Information from the American Shakespeare Centre:

25 – 30 October 2011, Sixth Blackfriars Conference
(Be there for the bear … or for the truancy)

On odd numbered years since the first October the Blackfriars Playhouse opened, scholars from around the world have gathered in
Staunton, during the height of the Shenandoah Valley’s famed Fall
colors, to hear lectures, see plays, and learn about early modern
theatre. In 2011, the American Shakespeare Center’s Education and
Research Department will once again host Shakespeareans, scholars and
practitioners alike, to explore Shakespeare in the study and
Shakespeare on the stage and to find ways that these two worlds –
sometime in collision – can collaborate. Past conferences have
included such notable scholars as Andrew Gurr, the “godfather” of the
Blackfriars Playhouse, Tiffany Stern, Russ McDonald, Gary Taylor,
Stephen Greenblatt, Roz Knutson, Tina Packer, and many more in five
days full of activities.

Except for banquets, all events – papers, plays, workshops, – take
place in the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre,
the Blackfriars Playhouse. This conference distinguishes itself from
saner conferences in a variety of other ways. First, to model the
kind of collaboration we think possible we encourage presenters to
feature actors as partners in the demonstration of their theses. For
instance, in 2009, Gary Taylor’s keynote presentation “Lyrical
Middleton” featured ASC actors singing and dancing to the songs in
Middleton’s plays. Second, we limit each paper session to six short
papers (10 minutes for solo presentations, 13 minutes for
presentations with actors). Third, we enforce this rule by ursine
fiat – a bear chases from the stage those speakers who go over their
allotted time. Delegates also attend all of the plays in the ASC fall
season – Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, Tamburlaine by
Christopher Marlowe, and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar
Wilde – and, for the past several conferences, bonus plays written by
their colleagues and performed by actors in the Mary Baldwin College
MFA in Shakespeare in Performance program. The spirit of fun that
imbues the conference manifests itself in the annual Truancy Award,
for the sensible conferee who – visiting the Shenandoah Valley at the
height of Fall – has the good sense to miss the most sessions.

The 2011 gathering will include a returning keynote speaker,
Shakespearean scholar Tiffany Stern, author of essential performance
studies such as Making Shakespeare, Rehearsal from Shakespeare to
Sheridan, and Documents of Performance. Professor Stern’s work has
played an influential role in the development of the American
Shakespeare Center’s Actors’ Renaissance Season, and her presentations
continue to inspire the further exploration of the plays of
Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the ASC’s educational and
artistic programming. Additionally, George T. Wright, author of
Shakespeare’s Metrical Art, will present. Professor Wright’s text on
prosody illuminates Shakespeare’s use of meter for actors and
scholars. We will invite our other speakers with an eye to other
aspects of Shakespeare’s plays in performance such as playing the
possibilities of rhetoric, playing in early modern theatres, early
modern play audiences (then and now), metrical analysis, early modern
rehearsal practice, early modern visual design, pedagogy (early
modern and current practice and its influence on performance).

Since each conference expands on the activities of the preceding
conferences, the 2011 incarnation will include thematic panels
following each keynote address. The work of the conference always
echoes in the work on stage at the Blackfriars Playhouse and in the
American Shakespeare Center’s Research and Scholarship department, and
it has provided the material for two books devoted specifically to
essays from the conference (Inside Shakespeare, edited by Paul Menzer,
and Thunder in the Playhouse, edited by Matt Kosusko and Peter
Kanelos). Plans are already afoot to include papers from the upcoming
conference in a third book.

ASC Education and Research extends this call for papers on any matters
to do with the performance of early modern drama (historical,
architectural, political, dramatical, sartorial, medical,
linguistical, comical, pastoral) to all interested parties for our
bi-annual conference to be held at the Blackfriars Playhouse in
Staunton, Virginia, 25-30 October 2011. The deadline to submit your
abstract is 31 May 2011.
Submit your abstract online: or contact Director
of Education, Sarah Enloe at or
540-885-5588 x28 for more information.



December 13, 2010

Dept of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York

1 – 3 July 2011


Keynote Speakers: Professor Marvin Carlson, CUNY; Professor Barbara Hodgdon, University of Michigan; Professor Peter Holland, Notre Dame; Professor Joseph Roach, Yale


The conference spans the Renaissance to the present day. We are expecting rich cross-dialogue between cultures and periods.


Deadline for 300-word abstracts, for 20 minute papers or performance presentations is 5 January 2010.  Please send enquiries and abstracts to the conference administrator, Virginia Spillett on


More information here


Paper Accepted for Cambridge Conference

December 12, 2010

Alun Thomas and Johann Gregory have had their joint paper accepted for the Cambridge Shakespeare conference in September (2011). Their paper is entitled “Playing with Precedents in Shakespeare: Expectations in Richard III and Troilus and Cressida


In September 2011 the Cambridge University Faculty of Education, in association with the Cambridge University Faculty of English, The Marlowe Society and the Association of Adaptation Studies will host an interdisciplinary three day conference entitled ‘Shakespeare: Sources and Adaptation’.

The conference will explore some of the classical and vernacular drama and poetry and the historical sources that inspired Shakespeare’s work, and the work – literary, artistic, musical and filmic – that has in turn been influenced by Shakespeare’s plays.

This event seeks to unite theatre practitioners, academics, teachers, students and Shakespeare enthusiasts in a series of lectures, workshops, seminars, rehearsed readings and performances.  It is hoped that the theme will encourage participants from a range of disciplines – English, Drama, Education, Music, Modern Languages, Classics, History, Art and Film.

Speakers include: Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen, Professor Helen Cooper, Professor Graham Holderness, Professor Stuart Sillars, actress Imogen Stubbs and directors Rupert Goold and Sir Trevor Nunn (subject to other commitments).

The conference will include an exhibition of painting and poetry inspired by Shakespeare by artist Tom de Freston and poet Kiran Millwood-Hargrave.  There will also be a display of paintings and poetry by students from local Cambridge schools, with whom Tom and Kiran will run a series of workshops.

Find out more here.


Fabler Shakespeare Readers in Cardiff

December 11, 2010

Fabler Shakespeare Readers is a community arts engagement project devised and facilitated by Adam Timms.

In 2007, a small group of individuals commenced reading the complete works of Shakespeare above a cafe in Canton, Cardiff. In 2008 the group moved to Chapter arts centre, its current home, and the popularity of the group grew enormously. We regularly involved groups of around 20-30 individuals from the local community – theatre-goers, Shakespeare fans, academics, newcomers, actors, directors, writers – all are welcome! In December 2010 we will complete the first cycle of Shakespeare’s sole-authored works, with out reading of The Tempest. 2011 will see the launch of Fabler Theatre Company and our next phase of readings!”

Forthcoming readings are:

Next reading:  Sunday December 12th, 2010 The Tempest, 6.30pm, Media Point, Chapter, Cardiff. (Cost: £3 on the door)

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff

For more information about Fabler projects click here.


Shakespeare Position at Warwick

December 10, 2010

Assistant or Associate Professor in Shakespeare, Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture (1350-1700)
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Assistant Professor £36,715 – £43,840 pa
Associate Professor £45,155 – £52,347 pa

You will undertake advanced research in an appropriate field of study in English and Comparative Literatures; enhance existing research groups in an appropriate field and undertake teaching and other academic duties.

You will be emerging or have an already established international standing in an appropriate field of study in English and Comparative Literatures and you will have an appropriate level of teaching experience.

In exceptional circumstances the University may appoint at professorial level should suitable candidates apply.

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