Posts Tagged ‘Alun Thomas’


Two Reviews of Shakespeare in Wales

September 5, 2012

Alun Thomas (Cardiff University) has reviewed two productions of Shakespeare in Wales recently. Click on the links below to read the reviews.


Coriolan/us, National Theatre Wales and Royal Shakespeare Company, Dir. Mike Pearson and Mike Brooks, 8 August 2012, at Hangar 858, RAF St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Read here.

Y Storm or The Tempest, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Dir. Elen Bowman, August 7  2012 (matinee), at National Eisteddfod Maes, Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Read here.

Alun Thomas is a PhD student at Cardiff University. The title of his thesis is ‘The Making and Remaking of History in Shakespeare’s History Plays’.


Shakespeare: Sources and Adaptation at Cambridge University

September 8, 2011

Alun Thomas (Cardiff University) and Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) will be in Cambridge this weekend to present their paper “Playing with Precedents in Shakespeare: Expectations in Richard III and Troilus and Cressida (abstract below).

Johann Gregory will also be chairing the session on Shakespeare and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

Historical, theatrical and literary precedents set up audience expectations for those in the know. Many audience members, for example, would be aware while watching a play about Julius Caesar that he was assassinated. Similarly, in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, audiences who had read Chaucer would know that Cressida apparently breaks her faith in past versions; if audiences had seen the Admiral’s Men stage Cressida as a leper, then they might expect her to meet a similar fate in the King’s Men’s production too. The tension of expectation is epitomised in Richard III in the figure of Queen Margaret. As some of the audience would know, by the time of the events of the play the real Margaret was dead; the Margaret we see onstage is both an anachronistic and unhistorical character. The first part of this paper engages with the historical expectations which are deliberately unfulfilled in Richard III and examines how the ghostly onstage presence of the dead Margaret unsettles the boundaries of historical drama. The second part addresses literary precedents in Troilus and Cressida, focusing on the figure of Cassandra who – as a prophesier – thinks she knows what is to come; it seeks to draw some conclusions about the relationships in the play between the promise of the characters, audience expectations and the potential for dramatic failure.

They will be speaking as part of the Cambridge Shakespeare conference:

Shakespeare: Sources and Adaptation 

(9-11th September, Cambridge University)


BritGrad Shakespeare Conference

May 27, 2011

This year’s BritGrad Shakespeare Conference is taking place right now. Yesterday Alun Thomas (Cardiff University) presented a paper entitled:

“The Audience as Historian in Henry IV

Plenary Speakers:

Find out more 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.

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