Thursday 8 November 2018, 6.00pm
Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
|Tickets£10 (£5 Members / Students)||Running timeTo be confirmed|
Two rising stars in Shakespeare studies share their research with you in 20 minute papers followed by the opportunity for discussion.
Dr Sara Reimers
‘One man in his time plays many parts’: casting, identity, and the creation of meaning in contemporary Shakespearean performance
Sara will explore the ways in which casting choices generate meaning in performances of Shakespeare’s plays. She examines how performers’ bodies contribute to the depiction of Shakespeare’s characters in performance. Considering issues of gender, race, age, and embodied characteristics, she will argue that innovations in casting can open up new and exciting meanings in Shakespeare.
Dr Malcolm Cocks
Re-enacting Hamlet in Southern Africa: Shakespeare & Social Justice?
Shakespeare’s appeal in Southern Africa is often credited to the ‘universal values’ embodied in his plays or to his comprehensive understanding of the ‘human condition’. But when we ask what Shakespeare can do for ‘social justice’ in Southern Africa, the ideology of universalism is of little value in accounting for the social, economic, and material conditions that make Shakespeare performance possible, or desirable, in the region.
Malcolm will ask questions about the efficacy of Shakespeare performance in grassroots theatres in Africa: how and to what extent does Shakespeare performance provides access to social justice for the companies (and their audience communities) who regularly adapt, re-enact, translate, or incorporate the plays in their repertoire?