Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre

Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre

University of Kent
13-14 June 2015

Saturday 13 June
10.30-11.00: Registration

11.00-12.00: Keynote Lecture Professor Robert Shaughnessy (University of Kent)

12.00-1.30: Panel 1
  • Contemporary Practice at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
  • 'Then draw the model': theatre architecture as metatheatre in Elizabethan/Jacobean performance spaces- Ildiko Solti (Independent Scholar)
  • Across the Ages: Child Players and Reconstruction of Original Practice – Mark Hamilton (Regent’s University London)
  • Meta-play and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe)

2.30-4.30: Panel 2

Embodying Metatheatre: Now and Then
  • Gesture and social cognition in Shakespeare’s theatre - Darren Tunstall (Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey)
  • Matter-Theatre: Cymbeline’s Rhetoric and Conspicuous Construction – Callan Davies (Exeter)
  • Levels of communication in a Norwegian A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Lars Harald Maagerø (King’s)
  • Touching the other in Cheek by Jowl’s Measure for Measure – Pascale Aebischer (Exeter)
4.45-6.15: Performance Workshop

Directed by Emma Whipday (Oxford), including Roundtable Discussion

Sunday 14 June
9.45-11.15: Panel 3

Theorizing Metatheatre:
  • Metatheatre Via Comedy and Tragedy: Comedy and Tragedy Via Metatheatre - John Kerr (Minnesota)
  • Are Shakespeare’s plays always metatheatrical? – Steve Purcell (Warwick)
  • All ‘Metatheatre’ is Not Created Equal: The Knight of the Burning Pestle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Navigation of the Spectrum of Dramatic Representation - Nathaniel C. Leonard (Westminster College, Missouri)

11.30-1.00: Panel 4

Social Life, Social Spaces
  • This is the night that I must play my part’: Metatheatricality as a Trope for The Socially Corrective Power of Theatre in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness (1603) - Iman Sheeha (Warwick)
  • Playing with(in) London spaces: new meanings of metatheatre behind the dramatic success of the Restoration libertine – Gabriella Infante (King’s)
  • Pleasing Fantasies: Metatheatre as Political Fiction in Othello – Ben Morgan (Oxford)

2.00-3.30: Panel 5

Engaging Audiences
  • ‘A stranger Pyramus than e’er played here’: some uses of metatheatre in A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Trevor R Griffiths (Exeter)
  • ‘A frightful pleasure’: metadrama, malcontents, attraction and repulsion in The Changeling’ – Jan Doorly (King’s)
  • “So Much For My Happy Ending”: Avoiding The Happy Ending in Twelfth Night - Mary Way (Kent)

3.45-4.45: Performing Gender Practitioner Panel

Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Kirsty Bushell (RSC)
Jimmy Tucker (Propeller)

4.45-5.45: Keynote Speaker: Dr Bridget Escolme (Queen Mary, University of London)

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