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

Relearning how to learn: potential ideas for scholarly debate

  We've just finished our four-day Before Shakespeare conference, and this blog post is an attempt to report back to the profession more generally about the things that worked or didn't work in the way we ran the event. That will easily feel presumptuous to lots of people, but I guess I've realised our profession … Continue reading Relearning how to learn: potential ideas for scholarly debate

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 Panel: Marlowe

by Kim Gilchrist The conference’s special panel on Christopher Marlowe offered a range of approaches to Marlowe’s plays, but all three highlighted themes of subjugation and violence, perhaps hinting at factors that made Marlowe’s plays so shocking and influential when first performed. Nicole Mennell’s paper, “Horsemanship and Governance in Tamburlaine the Great Parts I and … Continue reading CONFERENCE Panel: Marlowe

CONFERENCE Panel: Circulating Stories

by Callan Davies Our fourth panel had a wonderful coherence to it, with all four papers complementing each other in fascinating and provocative ways. First up were two papers on the underappreciated and underdiscussed William Painter and his "play-fodder" (as it has sometimes been dismissed), The Palace of Pleasure (first printed 1566) from Mark Houlahan and … Continue reading CONFERENCE Panel: Circulating Stories

CONFERENCE Panel: Theatre History 2: Geographies and People

by Derek Dunne Theatre history isn’t what it used to be. After a stimulating opening plenary by William Ingram entitled ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Theatre History’, the Before Shakespeare conference continued to challenge/re-negotiate/overturn/burn down everything we think we know about those simple things we call playhouses. The second panel took up … Continue reading CONFERENCE Panel: Theatre History 2: Geographies and People

CONFERENCE Panel: Theatre History 1: Texts and Places

by Kim Gilchrist The first panel of Before Shakespeare kicked off with four fantastic papers that set the tone and the agenda perfectly by opening up underexplored yet fundamental areas of the sixteenth-century performance industries. Tracey Hill’s paper, “The Theatrical City Revisited,” presented what Hill described as a “revisionist account of the role of the … Continue reading CONFERENCE Panel: Theatre History 1: Texts and Places

Before Conference (and The Woman in the Moon)

Our conference is coming up later this month, and we’re looking forward to the range and diversity of papers, conversations, and performance work that will be descending upon South West London in what we’re all confident will be a rare weekend of British Bank Holiday sun. This short post reflects on some of the issues … Continue reading Before Conference (and The Woman in the Moon)