The Birkbeck Early Modern Society is delighted to announce that our first meeting of the year will be on Friday 14 October. Dr Eva Griffith will speak on ‘Bricklayers, playwrights and playing the field. Did Thomas Middleton’s father build the Curtain playhouse, Shoreditch?’, 6.30 pm, * Room 124, 43 Gordon Square* (NB: not Malet Street).
Eva Griffith is a theatre historian working on early seventeenth-century entertainment, spectacle and drama. She began acting at the age of seven, performing in many film, television and theatre productions. As an academic she has researched internationally with the help of fellowships for example at the Huntington Library and the Harry Ransom Center in America, gaining funding, prizes and bursaries from the British Academy, the Malone Society and the Society for Theatre Research. She has published on Red Bull-related topics in Huntington Library Quarterly and in Richard Dutton’s award-winning Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre. She is currently working on a book on the poet, playwright and masque-writer, James Shirley, having written on him for The Times Literary Supplement and Four Courts Press. She acted as Research Associate on The Complete Works of James Shirley at Durham University and is editing a play for this large-scale edition – Changes; or, Love in a Maze.
Dr Griffith has recently published A Jacobean Company and its Playhouse:The Queen’s Servants at the Red Bull Theatre (c.1605–1619) (CUP 2015). This books is a study of the Queen’s Servants at the Red Bull, a company that knew Shakespeare’s and collaborated with it. This is a history given for the first time, using over 100 original documents from a host of locations – the National Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, the Guildhall, and the College of Arms.
Dr Griffith is currently leading a campaign for the site of the Red Bull Theatre to be recognised with an Islington People’s Plaque. You can find out more about the campaign (and vote!) here.
For details of our aims and events please see http://www.bbk.ac.uk/history/about-us/societies-student-groups/early-modern-society
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