Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre, Kent, 13-14 June 2015

Saturday 13 June

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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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