“Fly me to the moon!”

Edward's Boys' Director, Perry Mills, introduces their latest production, in collaboration with Before Shakespeare, John Lyly's The Woman in the Moon.  To read about Edward's Boys in rehearsal at our conference in August 2017, read Perry's companion piece on our site. Now that Autumn and even Winter have been and gone – although Back-Winter appears to … Continue reading “Fly me to the moon!”

In the Company of Edward’s Boys: Nashe’s Summer’s Last Will and Testament

We are delighted to present a guest post from Perry Mills, the director of Edward's Boys (a theatre group from King Edward VI school, Stratford-upon-Avon, where he is also Deputy Head).  Edward's Boys are soon to be performing The Woman in the Moon on several dates across the country.  Perry has also blogged on our site … Continue reading In the Company of Edward’s Boys: Nashe’s Summer’s Last Will and Testament

Banishment as a Romance Convention in Early English Drama (c. 1581-1591)

We're very pleased to host this guest post from Alexander Thom exploring the trope of banishment in early commercial drama. *** Regarding Shakespeare, James Joyce once wrote, “the note of banishment, banishment from the heart, banishment from home, sounds uninterruptedly”.[1] Certainly, Shakespeare’s plays are littered with conspicuous instances of banishment and a number of his … Continue reading Banishment as a Romance Convention in Early English Drama (c. 1581-1591)

Audiences, Immigration and Belonging in Elizabethan Theatres: Putting the archive into performance

Who visited the Elizabethan playhouses? What did it mean to have non-English characters being played on stage? What does dramatic engagement with issues of immigration, identity, and belonging tell us about sixteenth-century theatre? Earlier this month we tackled these questions at a collaborative workshop hosted by TIDE project, Before Shakespeare and the Dolphin’s Back. This … Continue reading Audiences, Immigration and Belonging in Elizabethan Theatres: Putting the archive into performance

Audiences, Immigration, and Belonging: Strangers in Finsbury

On the 19th November 2017, the TIDE project and Before Shakespeare are hosting a workshop exploring the diverse audiences of Elizabethan playhouses and their surrounding neighbourhoods, based at the University of Liverpool’s London campus, 33 Finsbury Square. Working with The Dolphin’s Back, we will be looking at a range of plays, archival documents, diaries, and … Continue reading Audiences, Immigration, and Belonging: Strangers in Finsbury

CONFERENCE RESPONSE: Reflections on the Before Shakespeare conference by Stephen Purcell

Theatre history is not so much about establishing fact as it is about embracing uncertainty, a dialogue between competing and sometimes complementary narratives. That seemed to be the guiding principle of this stimulating and exhilarating conference, and one of the central arguments of Bill Ingram’s generous and provocative opening keynote. Indeed, the conference had clearly … Continue reading CONFERENCE RESPONSE: Reflections on the Before Shakespeare conference by Stephen Purcell

CONFERENCE RESPONSE: Of God and Jonson: writing about new things and non-events by Mathew Lyons

I was fortunate to be able to attend some of the superb Before Shakespeare conference at Roehampton last week. I came away with a range of thoughts and ideas, some of which I hope to pursue in one form or another. Perhaps the thing that struck me most, however, was Bill Ingram’s opening talk. Ingram … Continue reading CONFERENCE RESPONSE: Of God and Jonson: writing about new things and non-events by Mathew Lyons

Lawsuits and Leases at Newington Butts Playhouse

Following Laurie Johnson's introduction to the area, we are thankful to Sally-Beth MacLean for some archival insight into Jerome Savage and the playhouse in our second feature on the Newington Butts Playhouse (with MS images courtesy of The National Archives and Canterbury Cathedral Archives)... *** The early playhouse at Newington Butts continues to elude new … Continue reading Lawsuits and Leases at Newington Butts Playhouse

High and Dry at Newington Butts: The Genesis of the Permanent Playhouse

We are pleased to host the a double-bill of guest posts on the Newington Butts Playhouse. Next week, Sally-Beth MacLean examines issues pertaining to renting the grounds of this early playhouse.  Here, Laurie Johnson, the recent author of the only book devoted to the long-overlooked playhouse, introduces us to the area . . . *** … Continue reading High and Dry at Newington Butts: The Genesis of the Permanent Playhouse