During rehearsals for James Wallace’s The Dolphin’s Back production of John Lyly’s The Woman in the Moon (Shakespeare's Globe, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) back in August 2017, we had time to catch up with a few of the cast members and ask them how it felt to play gods, Nature, men, and women on the Sam Wanamaker stage … Continue reading The Woman in the Moon: Interviews with the Cast
This post explores some of the issues also raised in the various essays in our first project publication, the Forum in Shakespeare Studies 45 (2017). We are grateful to Diana Henderson and James Siemon for allowing us the opportunity to publish these essays in their journal. Do actors act? And what would it mean if … Continue reading Performing words #1: what is an actor?
This series of posts explores some of the issues raised in our first project publication, the Forum in Shakespeare Studies 45 (2017) devoted to 1580s drama. We are grateful to Diana Henderson and James Siemon for allowing us the opportunity to publish these essays in their journal. When we think of playhouses, or of theatres (or … Continue reading Performing words: introduction to a new thread on theatre and language
For this week's R&D workshops, Emma Frankland and Mydd Pharo are joined by Kellan Frankland, Krishna Istha, Mzz Kimberley, and Nadia Nadarajah in and around Truro (based at the Hall of Cornwall, thanks to their support) for a week looking at Galatea's Gods and their divine interactions: Neptune, Venus, her son Cupid, and Diana and … Continue reading Galatea in Cornwall: Finding Gods in Truro
She’s got it, Yeah baby, she’s got it ---Shocking Blue For 1570s and 1580s theatregoers, love was all around. One of the defining characteristics of the earliest surviving commercial plays is the predominance of the character Venus or her allegorical equivalent, Love. “Theaters and curtaines Venus pallaces,” reads a marginal note in Philip Stubbes’s The … Continue reading Venus’s Palaces
Warning: contains plot spoilers 'Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful'. These lines were not written to describe the plays of John Lyly, but they would make an effective advertising slogan based on the scholarly consensus on his work. Michael Best was the first to identify the playwright's work as 'Lyly's static drama', an … Continue reading Go dare; or, how scholarship lost the plot
John Lyly was the foremost literary figure during a period that saw the first permanent commercial theatres built in London. As Shakespeare's best-selling and most famous literary contemporary, it is crazy to think that the 2017 Dolphin's Back production in the Wanamaker will be the first time Lyly has appeared in a UK professional playhouse … Continue reading The Woman in the Moon onstage
"When in Toledo there I studied, It was my chance to write a tragedy - See here my lords - [He shows them a book] Which long forgot, I found this other day. Now would your lordships favour me so much As but to grace me with your acting it - I mean each one … Continue reading Before Shakespeare in Performance