The Theatre Making Theatre History Seminar is pleased to announce that on 26 January at 1.10, Professor Penny Gay of the University of Sydney will be giving a paper entitled ‘Jane Austen and the spaces of Georgian theatre’ in the seminar room, Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research.
Austen describes several theatre-going events in her novels and letters, covering approximately 1795-1816, a time of great change in theatre and drama. This paper will explore the physical spaces of these experiences, and undertake a tentative analysis of the audience experience of gentlewomen such as Austen.
Penny Gay has published extensively in the area of theatre history, especially in the area of Shakespeare and of 18th and 19th-century British drama. Following on from her book Jane Austen and the Theatre (CUP, 2002), she has an ARC Discovery grant to explore roles written for women in 18th-century theatre. She has published quite extensively on the position and representation of women in the theatre, particularly in Shakespeare (her Routledge book As She Likes It: Shakespeare's Unruly Women was published in 1994). She also has strong interests in music, particularly opera, classical song, and the 20th-century musical.
The seminar will finish at 1.50.