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ABL #44,  9 June, 2020

Theatremaker Emma Frankland talks us through contemporary, devised and classical performance, taking in Ghostbusters, Don Quixote and John Lyly’s Galatea, and ranging from Jerwood Arts, Shakespeare’s Globe, Roehampton University, Cornish beaches and Stratford, Ontario.

ABL #43,  4 June, 2020

When is a coconut not a coconut? When it’s a cup! Kathleen Kennedy explores the history of coconuts and their uses as drinking vessels in Renaissance Europe. Yes we have migrating coconuts. Yes there is a Monty Python reference.

ABL #42,  2 June, 2020

Lucy Rayfield tells us what made French and Italian audiences laugh, the issues of studying a period of theatre history unfamiliar even to scholars, wars, patronage, money and ‘turbulent imitation’.

ABL #41,  29 May, 2020

In our third film on wrestling, the wrestler, writer and comedian RJ City tells Andy Kesson about storytelling with the body, playing against genre conventions and wrestling as a kind of exploration of bodily intimacy and care. Basil Fawlty, Roland Barthes and Bertolt Brecht also feature.

ABL #40,  28 May, 2020

Callan Davies talks to filmmaker Ellen Evans about truth and storytelling in documentary, collaboration, how we all watch trash on TV and the inevitable “What is Literature?’ question ahead of the launch of the film Motherland. Visit for more about Ellen’s work.

ABL #39,  26 May, 2020

Jess Hamlet chats to Emma Whipday about Shakespeare in times of unrest, how literature is a cultural touchstone, and her podcast. the Hurly Burly Shakespeare Show!

ABL #38,  21 May, 2020

Andrew Power talks us through Shakespeare’s early career, the early modern reception of classical sources and the long history of authorship.

ABL #37,  19 May, 2020

Brooke Carlson, Dustyn Kainoa Ragasa and Liza Lockard chat to Emma Whipday about reading in the 21st Century, the tactile pleasures of books, and how literature re-makes us and connects us.

ABL #36,  14 May, 2020

Ian Burrows chats to Emma Whipday about slapstick, so-called ‘snowflake’ students, and content warnings for Shakespeare Ian works on early modern drama, and is particularly interested in how actors’ physicality was presented and interpreted on stage and in print.

ABL #35,  12 May, 2020

Alison Bomber, voice coach, tells us about making the ‘right noise’, using breath and vibration to make connections between sounds, bodies and imagination. You’ll never think about inspiration in the same way again.

ABL #34,  12 May, 2020

Theatre photographer Ellie Kurttz tells us about the theatre, photography and Shakespeare, onstage and in rehearsal.

ABL #33,  11 May, 2020

Elizabeth E. Tavares chairs a discussion with Catriona Fallow, Hailey Bachrach, and Emma Whipday about contemporary theatre-making and repertory in Shakespearean theatres.

ABL #32,  7 May, 2020

Emma Whipday discusses the dangerous associations of Shakespeare’s fairies – and what happens when the fairies of the forest come inside the palace in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

ABL #31,  5 May, 2020

The early modernists Derek Dunne, Tom Harrison and Paul Salzman get together from their own places of social isolation to discuss plague and social isolation in Ben Jonson’s early seventeenth-century play, The Alchemist.

ABL #30,  1 May, 2020

Following the cancellation of their 2020 production of Ben Jonson’s The Silent Woman due to COVID-19, Edward’s Boys perform extracts from the play and reflect on their experiences of rehearsing and (almost) performing it.

  • Scripted and presented by Harry McCarthy
  • Recorded by Eddie
  • Edited by Peter Knowles
  • Edward’s Boys: Callum; Enrique; Ewan; Felix; Jamie M; Joe M; Johan; Myles; Nilay; Rhys; Ricky; Ritvick; Seb; Tom H; Tom L; Will; Yiannis.
  • Directed and produced by Perry Mills

Music Credits: “Shanty Shanty”, “Without Name”, “Synthwave”, “Elipsis” and “Exess-1” by Electronic Senses, licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.

ABL #29,  1 May, 2020

Harry McCarthy explores the relationship between theatre history and contemporary performance as a way of learning about the past.

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