LRS: Early Modern Childhood and Adolescence: Histories, Fictions and Performances

Early Modern Childhood and Adolescence:
Histories, Fictions and Performances

London Renaissance Seminar
Birkbeck College2 April 20111.30pm-5.00pm
Room 252, Main BuildingMalet Street, WC1.
Organiser: Lucy Munro

The last decade has seen a remarkable surge of scholarly interest in early modern childhood and adolescence.  It has also seen the revival of a number of plays originally performed by boy actors, notably through Globe Education’s Read Not Dead project and in productions with all-boy casts at schools such as King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-on-Avon, and Magdalen College SchoolOxford.  The seminar will assess recent developments and explore new approaches.


The afternoon will feature papers by Kate Chedgzoy (Newcastle University), Sarah Knight (University of Leicester) and Katie Knowles (University of Liverpool), and a roundtable discussion on children’s company plays in performance, with Andy Kesson (University of Kent), Shehzana Mamujee (Globe Education/Central School of Speech and Drama) and Perry Mills (King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-on-Avon).

The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck College regularly to discuss the literature, culture and history of the English Renaissance. It is free and welcomes all students, academics and people with an interest in the Renaissance or early modern period. The steering committee are Tom Healy, Margaret Healy, Gordon McMullan, Lucy Munro, Michelle O’Callaghan and Sue Wiseman.  For further information please contact Lucy Munro (