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ABL #28,  30 April, 2020

In Stay at Home Shakespeare 5, Emma Whipday explores the idea of shelter, ‘Bedlam beggars’, homelessness, and the dangers of going outside in King Lear.

ABL #27,  29 April, 2020

Actor and director George Ellingham, who has performed in Edward’s Boys and directed productions at university, tells us about the experience of performing early modern plays in these two settings.

ABL #26,  29 April, 2020

Nora J. Williams (Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama, University of Essex) chats to Emma Whipday about her practice as research project ‘Measure (Still) for Measure’, which allows participants to talk back to Shakespeare, and what it means to perform early modern plays today.

ABL #25,  27 April, 2020

The O.J.M.O. tells us about wrestling, especially acrobatics, grappling and selling. We hear about what it’s like to be in the ring, and the way in which audiences, promotions and the match’s contexts change the ways wrestlers perform.

ABL #24,  27 April, 2020

Perry Mills discusses Edward’s Boys, a school theatre company specialising in non-Shakespearean early modern drama. He tells us about the company’s rehearsal process, production choices and what it means to work with such unusual and often surprisingly violent and sexual plays.

ABL #23,  24 April, 2020

Charlie Evans discusses his wrestling character Josef Kafka, masculinity, performance and combat.

ABL #22,  23 April, 2020

Stay at Home Shakespeare 4: Emma Whipday chats about locks, keys, the perils of privacy in Othello, and why ‘good wives should look well to their linen’ (along with a comic song…)

Thanks to Oskar Cox Jensen for providing the song.

ABL #21,  23 April, 2020

John Wyver tells us about broadcasting theatre onscreen, the importance of creative practitioners and scholars being in open dialogue and the history of early TV.

ABL #20,  23 April, 2020

To celebrate the launch of Pascale Aebischer’s new book, Shakespeare, Spectatorship, and the Technologies of Performance (Cambridge University Press), Pascale discusses the relationship between theatre and technology, social media, and digital engagement for performances today and under lockdown…

ABL #19,  21 April, 2020

In our new series on things, objects, and cultural history, Callan Davies looks at Shakespearean theatre history from the starting point of some food waste… A whistlestop tour of “Shakespearean” playhouses via the perspective of some +400-year-old apple seeds, exploring the relationship between fruit and special effects, playgoing experience, seasonality, and playhouse structure.

Fruit seeds and nutshells image: Fruit seeds and nutshells from the Rose Theatre. Copyright: Museum of London.

ABL #18,  17 April, 2020

Sarah O’Malley chats to Emma Whipday about the Jamestown ‘Massacre’, domestic violence today, and how literature can help us rethink our future.

ABL #17,  16 April, 2020

In the third video for the ‘Stay at Home Shakespeare’ series, Emma Whipday chats about ghost stories, virtual families and haunted theatre spaces in Hamlet.

ABL #16,  15 April, 2020

Will Tosh, Research Fellow and Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe, talks to Emma Whipday about little-known Elizabethan sonneteer (and friend of Shakespeare) Richard Barnfield, sexual identity, literature as consolation and why sexual desire is like a nest of snakes under a hedge…

ABL #15,  14 April, 2020

Sarah Grange tells us about Moll Frith (also known as Mary Frith), an early modern crossdresser, queer and transgender history and performance: ‘how to meet those people who lie outside of the cishet, white male trajectory of progressive history: not the dudes on horses’.

ABL #14,  9 April, 2020

Sydnee Wagner describes the experience of researching Roma history in early modern English archives, and explores how the concepts of whiteness and race were created.

ABL #13,  9 April, 2020

Emma Whipday explores how the home was associated with the female body in Shakespeare’s England – and how this idea influences how Shakespeare stages women in windows in Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice.

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