Early Thoughts on the Archives

…and now for something completely different. After last week’s performance workshops, this post moves us from the rehearsal space back to the library; I have been revisiting archival documents associated with the rise of the commercial playhouses and getting a clearer sense of the context that surrounds extant references, restrictions, and correspondence about playing. The … Continue reading Early Thoughts on the Archives

Galatea Workshops: Stephen Purcell’s Response

On Thursday, we welcomed among the visitors to the room Stephen Purcell, an academic, director, and practitioner.  Here are his thoughts on the morning: *** The group was three days into its week-long exploration of Lyly's Galatea when I attended its Thursday morning session. It was, I understand, the first session dedicated to the play's … Continue reading Galatea Workshops: Stephen Purcell’s Response

Galatea Workshops 4: Songs, Nymphs, and Boys

The room this week has been filled with the sound of music, in large part from the guitar of Victoria Abbott (@vittyabbott).  Vicky has set the play's two songs to music and has been taking the group through a range of vocal exercises and teaching us the songs, with harmonies (all while fresh from writing them--the songs were still … Continue reading Galatea Workshops 4: Songs, Nymphs, and Boys

Galatea Workshops 3: Interviewing Angela and Selina

Today, we had the chance to talk to Angela Clerkin and Selina Thompson about their experiences in the workshop over the first two and a half days: How are you finding the workshops so far? ST: Alex is making me dance today; I’ll never forgive her… No, it’s been really great; I’ve really enjoyed the week... … Continue reading Galatea Workshops 3: Interviewing Angela and Selina

Galatea Workshops: Deities in BSL

As part of working with the text of Galatea in both written, spoken, and British Sign Language (BSL) forms, Nadia Nadarajah, Jamal Ajala, Hermi Behrane, and Becky Barry have devised signs for the play's deities.  They're a constant visual presence in the room by now. Here they are both as GIFs and as YouTube videos: Neptune: //giphy.com/embed/BcijB1GWDqhuo … Continue reading Galatea Workshops: Deities in BSL

Galatea Workshops: Where are we?

This week, Emma Frankland is exploring John Lyly's Galatea (1585?) at the Jerwood Space with a collection of performers, actors, and makers, looking in particular at its representations of non-normative sexuality and concluding investment in transgender identity exploration.  Throughout the week, a handful of academic visitors are dropping in to observe or participate.  The workshops are also working between deaf … Continue reading Galatea Workshops: Where are we?