Lost properties and where to find them: comfit hailstones

What are “lost” theatrical properties? What evidence exists for them? This post draws on my research into the impermanent materials of early modern performance to consider the theatrical life of early modern sweets.  In January 1573, preparations at Hampton Court for welcoming the new year with the anonymously writtenMasque of Janus were stalled by the weather. … Continue reading Lost properties and where to find them: comfit hailstones

Ruff Play with Shakespeare: a new video series

Wrestling Resurgence, @RobBrazierPhoto This weekend would have seen our first workshop on wrestling, gender and entertainment: see below for more details. We will run our workshop in whenever and whatever the future might turn out to be, but in the meantime, our related project A Bit Lit has begun a new film series on wrestling, … Continue reading Ruff Play with Shakespeare: a new video series

A bit lit: a new forum for scholarship and creativity

This is just a short note to let you know that members of the Before Shakespeare team have set up a YouTube channel seeking to provide a space for fun, relaxed and silly conversations about scholarship and creativity. In these very difficult times, we'd love it if you joined us, as listeners, contributors or if … Continue reading A bit lit: a new forum for scholarship and creativity