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These are the Youths that Thunder 2022

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This spring we open the doors of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to two rising stars of Shakespeare studies who will offer up new ideas on Shakespearean times and texts.

Speakers include Dr Vanessa Lim (Seoul National University) and Dr Hailey Bachrach (University of Roehampton).



Galleries (Seating) £10 (Students £5)

This event is on-site in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Running time 1 hour 10 minutes

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Part of Summer 2022



Fashion it thus’: Brutus’s Soliloquy in the Orchard
Written by: Dr Vanessa Lim

Critics of Julius Caesar have broadly fallen into two camps: those who view Brutus sympathetically as the noble, tragic hero of the play, and those who try to correct what they believe to be an excessively idealised view of his character. Unsurprisingly, the interpretation of Brutus’s soliloquy in the orchard regarding Caesar’s murder is a major point of debate. This talk will read Brutus’s speech set against the period’s rhetorical handbooks and commonplace collections to offer fresh insight into Brutus’s argument, motivations, and perhaps even the significance of Caesar’s deafness in the play.

Seeing Consent in Shakespeare’s War Plays
Written by: Dr Hailey Bachrach

Shakespeare’s depictions of war tend to recognise that violence spills beyond the boundaries of the battlefield, and his female characters are often used to reflect the cost of combat on those who do not or cannot fight. This talk will explore how Shakespeare stages the problem of consent in plays where sex and violence intertwine as acts of war.