Autobiography and Historiography
Dr Gilli Bush-Bailey presented this performance paper at TAPRA, Psi, Manchester and London Theatre Seminar during 2011. On February 1st 2012 she will be at Birmingham City University where the performance will be filmed.
Pre-performance talks on The Tempest at the Haymarket
Christine Dymkowski, Professor of Drama and Theatre History, gave three talks about ‘The Tempest in Performance’ at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, where Ralph Fiennes was starring in Trevor Nunn’s new production of the play. In the talk, she explored some of the ways in which the play’s meaning in performance has changed, as productions reflect shifting cultural, social, and political concerns. The talks took place on 26 September, 11 October, and 24 October. Further details are available at http://www.rhul.ac.uk/dramaandtheatre/news/newsarticles/dramaacademicoffersinsightintothetempest.aspx and http://www.trh.co.uk/ttta.php.
Presenting the Past: Why Theatre History Matters
On 15 November, Chris Dymkowski gave her belated inaugural lecture, showing how theatre history can illuminate cultural trends and attitudes not only of the past but also of the present. Drawing on her teaching as well as her research, the lecture demonstrated the ways in which theatre history not only reflects politics but is itself political. It can be viewed at http://mediasite.rhul.ac.uk/rhul/Viewer/?peid=bdfcf62720ea45958b4c10798bf300e21d
Elizabeth Schafer edited The City Wit for the Brome online project.
This pioneering project produced an edition of the plays of Caroline playwright Richard Brome which integrated workshop explorations of the plays’ dramaturgy with traditional editorial scholarship.
David Wiles published his monograph Theatre and Citizenship: the History of a Practice in February 2011. The event was marked by a symposium on citizenship, and David Wiles has given follow-up papers in Osaka and at QMUL.
David Wiles has a long-standing interest in the history of ancient masks. He lectured on this topic in Stockholm in 2010, and in Moscow in November 2011.
In 2010 David Wiles and Chris Dymkowski convened a public conference of contributors to the Cambridge Companion to Theatre History, with contributors coming from seven countries.