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

Putting the might into Marlowe’s (and Nashe’s) mighty line

I was lucky enough to work with Kimberley Sykes' Dido, Queen of Carthage company this week. They'll be performing at the RSC September to October 2017 in what looks set to be something very special. Working with actors is deeply embedded in my own practice as someone working on the early London playhouses; I'm always … Continue reading Putting the might into Marlowe’s (and Nashe’s) mighty line

Let me speak to you about my huge words

This is the third of three blogs on attribution. For more, see Shakespeare, attribution and attrition: at tribute zone and Nashe’s attributions. I'm aware that I'm becoming an extremely inferior version of George Lucas, writing an unwanted trilogy of posts about attribution which aren't even the retrospective prequels to something a little better I'd written … Continue reading Let me speak to you about my huge words

The Summer of Love (and Fortune): Our Upcoming Events…

We're pleased to say we have a very busy summer before us.  Ahead of our first Read Not Dead this Sunday, we outline here some of our major upcoming activities (you can keep up to date on these by visiting our "Events" page; if you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in contact on beforeshakespeare@gmail.com). We're presenting … Continue reading The Summer of Love (and Fortune): Our Upcoming Events…

Birthday Post: A Year of Before Shakespeare

We launched our website last year, on the date of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, with an introduction to the project and something of a provocation in Andy’s post about putting the Shhhh into Shakespeare.... The comments that followed have been matched by recent posts that have engendered debate and discussion amongst readers, including the creation by … Continue reading Birthday Post: A Year of Before Shakespeare

Shakespeare, attribution and attrition: at tribute zone

This is the first of three pieces on attribution. See Nashe's attributions and Let me speak to you about my huge words for more. At the 2017 Shakespeare Association of America, Marissa Nicosia and Curtis Perry ran a session on Shakespearean Distortions, asking what is lost from our understanding of the early modern period by Shakespeare's … Continue reading Shakespeare, attribution and attrition: at tribute zone

News from the North

This month, in the wake of the Brexit vote, Adrian Chiles travelled around the country to speak to those—particularly those at one remove from London—who voted Leave. Whatever one’s political leanings and whatever one made of the Panorama programme itself, Chiles sought to bring “News from the Midlands,” representing the views of those underrepresented, infuriated with … Continue reading News from the North