Archive for November, 2011


Performance in Place of War @ Cardiff University

November 30, 2011

Beacon for Wales Lunchtime Seminar:

Performance in Place of War – engaging locally and internationally

 Professor James Thompson, Professor of Applied Theatre and Associate Dean for External Relations, University of Manchester

 Thursday 8th December, 12.30pm – 1.30pm,

Glamorgan Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

In Place of War was awarded the THE ‘Excellence and Innovation in the Arts Award’ 2010 and has now been developing and supporting theatre and arts programmes in sites of armed conflict since 2004. It started as a research project funded by the AHRC, and has subsequently developed online resources and publications, organised seminars and conferences, and developed practical arts projects in both the UK and abroad. In the last three years it has developed an artists network that has involved practitioners from DR Congo, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and South Sudan. In the summer of 2011 it ran the first ever theatre conference in the eastern DR Congo town of Goma.

Professor Thompson will present the project, giving examples of different arts programmes, the varying activities of the network of artists and how it has sought to engage with both academic and non-academic audiences. One of the principles of In Place of War has been to explore how its work can relate to groups internationally and locally – and James will discuss the relation between Manchester-based activities and work that has been focused overseas. Performances by refugees within the University to family audiences will be compared to programmes for refugees in Sudan and DR Congo. In Place of War hopes to be a positive example of how arts and humanities researchers can develop projects that interact with diverse communities beyond the University.

For further information:

This seminar is free to attend

James Thompson is Professor of Applied Theatre and Associate Dean for External Relations at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester. He is director of the In Place of War project – a research and practice-based initiative that works with artists who live and work in war zones. He has published widely in the field of Applied Theatre, including with colleagues ‘Performance In Place of War’ (Seagull/University of Chicago) and ‘Performance Affects’ (Palgrave). His current position involves developing the public engagement, outreach and social responsibility programmes for the University’s Faculty of Humanities


MEMORI: Britten’s Gloriana and the New Elizabethan Stage

November 28, 2011


Britten’s Gloriana and the New Elizabethan Stage

Irene Morra (Cardiff University)

Thursday, 1st December

5.15pm, Room 2.03 (Cardiff University’s MEMORI)



MEMORI: Presentism, Politics and The Tempest

November 22, 2011

Presentism, Politics and The Tempest

Rob Carson (Hobart and William Smith, New York)

Thursday, 24th November

5.15pm, Room 2.03 (Cardiff University’s MEMORI)




Fabler Shakespeare Readers in Cardiff: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

November 10, 2011

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!”


Sunday, November 13th, 2011, 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.



Historicizing Performance: One Day Conference

November 9, 2011

This just in from Michael Durrant & Naya Tsentourou at Manchester University:

Historicizing Performance in the Early Modern Period

The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester


January 20, 2012


09.00 – 09.45 Registration and coffee

09.45 – 10.00 Welcome

10.00 – 11.00 Panel 1: Death and Ritual

Maggie Vinter (John Hopkins University), ‘How to do things while dying: Volpone and the ars moriendi’

Stephen Gordon (University of Manchester), ‘The Performance of Bad Death: The Strange Tale of the Shoemaker of Breslau’

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.15 Panel 2: Music

Liam Haydon (University of Manchester), ‘Performing Perfection: Milton and the Music of the Spheres’

Dolly MacKinnon (University of Queensland), ‘If ever beene where bels have knell’d to Church’: The performance of parish bells in early modern England


12.15 – 12.30 Convenience Break

12.30 – 1.30 Keynote Lecture

Julie Sanders (University of Nottingham),

‘Within the Castle Walls: Historical Sites as Performance at Kenilworth and Ludlow’

1.30 – 2.30 Lunch

2.30 – 3.30 Panel 3: Space

Catherine Clifford (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), ‘From Wood to Stone: Whitehall Palace, the Banqueting House, and the Performance of Architecture in Court Drama, 1581-1621’

John Peacock (University of Southampton), ‘Architectural Performance: Inigo Jones and Bernini’


3.30 – 3.45 Convenience Break

3.45 – 4.45 Panel 4: Theatre and Ritual

Alison Findlay (University of Lancaster), ‘The State of Ceremony in Macbeth

Brian Schneider (University of Manchester), ‘Extra –dramatic’ performance in early modern Prologues, Epilogues and Inductions

4.45 – 5.00 Coffee Break

5.00 – 6.00 Keynote Lecture

Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford),

‘Bitter, Black and Tragical’: Tragic Peformance on the Shakespearean Stage

6.00 – 6.30 Drinks.


Registration: £10

Speakers and guests are invited to join us for dinner at a local restaurant; to book a place please let us know when registering (dinner not included in the registration fee).

The Society for Renaissance Studies has granted us bursaries to help postgraduate students with the costs of travel and accommodation. If you want to be considered for one of the bursaries, please let us know.

To book a place at this event please contact Michael Durrant and Naya Tsentourou at by 7th January 2012.

The event will be taking place at the Seminar Room of the historic building of the John Rylands Library at Deansgate. Due to limited space, please register early to avoid disappointment.


We hope to see you there!


Folklore and Magic in the Age of Shakespeare

November 3, 2011

Cardiff University’s Centre for Life Long Learning to offer new course:


Beliefs about magic and folklore were an integral part of Shakespearean drams and the plays of his contemporaries. This course examines the cultural background of these beliefs and the contexts in which they arose and how they enhance our understanding of Shakespeare’s world.

This course aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of issues relating to beliefs and motifs incorporated into British dramas in the 16th and 17th centuries, together with a context for the relevant historical debates regarding these topics.

Syllabus content to include:

  • Shakespeare’s World: Magic and History
  • Plants and Folk Medicine in Shakespeare’s Plays
  • Fairy Lore
  • Night’s Black Agents: Witchcraft in the Age of Shakespeare
  • Magicians and Philosophers: The role of Ritual Magic
  • Magicians Real and Imagined: John Dee from Bloody Mary to James I
  • The Story of Faust: Marlowe and chapbooks
  • Spirits from the Vasty Deep: Shakespeare and Welsh magic.
  • The Poisoners Handbook: Elizabethan and Jacobean Blood Tragedies.
  • The Vexed Bermoothes – Exotic travel and the Otherworld

Course Information

Folklore and Magic in the Age of Shakespeare
Dr Juliette Wood
FOL11A4667A– Enrol
10 Credits
Level 1
10 weekly meetings
Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
£102.00 (Concessionary Fee £82.00)
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Senghennydd Road
CF24 4AG
Tel: 029 2087 0000
Fax: 029 2066 8935
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