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Completed Research


Repertory and the Production of Theatre Space at the Globe and the Blackfriars, 1599-1613 by Dr Sarah Dustagheer.

Sarah received an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award to study at King’s College London and the Globe in 2006.  Her thesis examines the relationship between repertory and theatrical spaces at the Globe and Blackfriars between 1599 and 1613, as well as the new repertory of plays written for the reconstructed Globe since 1997.  She is currently developing her thesis into a book, entitled Shakespeare's Playhouses: Theatre Space and Repertory at the Globe and the Blackfriars, which examines the differences between indoor and outdoor playing in early modern London.


Globe Audiences: Spectatorship and Reconstruction at Shakespeare’s Globe by Dr Penelope Woods.

Penelope’s thesis considers the conditions of production and reception at Shakespeare’s Globe from 1997-2010 and at the first Globe theatre from 1599-1613. Her research was primarily focused on audience studies: how meaning is made by and for audiences, and how spectatorship ‘works’ in the unique Globe space. The project was funded by the AHRC through a Collaborative Doctoral Award, and was supervised by Queen Mary’s and the Globe. Penelope has now taken up a three year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Australia.

Recreating Light in the Early Modern Theatre by Neil Vallelly.

Neil's thesis explores how light (and darkness) was experienced in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England and to what extent these experiences impacted upon theatre in the period. For instance, he looks at the relationship between actual experiences of nighttime and representations of night on-stage in the period. Neil is a Commonwealth PhD Scholar (2012-2015) at the University of Otago, New Zealand (Prof. Evelyn Tribble) and Shakespeare’s Globe (Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper). He completed his BA and MA degrees at Queen’s University Belfast. He is also the postgraduate representative for the Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association.

'Foule habits of reproach’: Performing Bodily Rebukes and Retributions on the Renaissance Stage, Page and Street by Miranda Fay Thomas.

Miranda joins King's and the Globe after completing her BA and MA at the University of York. Her doctoral research explores the development of physical shaming as a performative process on the popular stage, in written literature, and in contemporary events, from the sixteenth century until the public execution of Charles I. From insulting gestures such as spitting and thumb biting, to humiliating punishments such as being put in the stocks and public executions, this research analyses the process of using the body to reproach people for their beliefs or behaviour, and contextualises it in a society marked by the necessity of performativity in everyday life.


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