23-24 June 2017, The Queen's College, Oxford
This interdisciplinary conference interrogated the current state of criticism on the interactions between: performance spaces; the bodily, sensory and material experiences of the playhouse; and playgoers’ responses to, and engagements with, the theatre. Speakers included Natasha Korda, Tiffany Stern, Emma Smith, Laurie Maguire, Lucy Munro, Gillian Woods, Sarah Dustagheer, Jackie Watson, Will Tosh, Eoin Price, Simon Smith, and Emma Whipday.
Papers explored playhouse behaviour; performance spaces; doubling; asides and soliloquies; approaches to theatre history; cultures of playgoing; actors' bodies; early modern fandom; and judging audiences. We reflected upon the intersections between literary scholarship, theatre history, and performance practice, in the study of playing and playgoing in early modern England.
This conference was organised by Dr Simon Smith (Birmingham) and Dr Emma Whipday (UCL), and was funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
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