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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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.

ABL #11,  7 April, 2020

Michael Lewis of the British Museum and Liz Oakley-Brown of Lancaster University talk about the importance of things in the classroom and in writing history: how can we learn more about cultures of the past through metal detector finds or site visits?

ABL #8,  2 April, 2020

Shakespeare’s Macbeth draws on early modern ideas about the vulnerable home and the contagious potential of early modern witchcraft. In episode 1 of ‘Stay at Home Shakespeare’, Dr Emma Whipday explores how early modern stagecraft invited to the audience to breath the magical air of the witches’ heath, and how Shakespeare’s tragedy resonates today.