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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 #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 #29,  1 May, 2020

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

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.

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