Getting to Know Your Plenary Speakers #2

Getting to Know Your Plenary Speakers #2: Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson

In the second post in our series, we turn now to Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, who we’re happy to announce will be leading a site-specific drama workshop for all delegates, as part of their ‘Staging Places’ project. Read on for more details:  

‘Most plays were written to be staged in purpose-built theatres and were often capable of easy transfer into different performance spaces.  Our focus, however, is on dramatic works which were designed for performance in specific locations which were at best only semi-theatrical in nature.  We will illustrate some ways in which it can be illuminating to put the surviving text into contact with the surviving buildings (or other performance spaces), and will be inviting participation by younger scholars in a project to study such collocations in a wide range of instances from the drama produced in the British Isles during the period between the English Reformation and the English Revolution.’

Dr Martin Wiggins is Senior Lecturer and Tutor for Research Students at the Shakespeare Institute. He is the author of Journeymen in Murder: The Assassin in English Renaissance Drama (1991), Shakespeare and the Drama of his Time (2000), and Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England (2012), as well as the ongoing British Drama 1533-1432: A Catalogue (2012- ). He has also edited numerous plays for New Mermaids and Oxford English Drama, including Edward II (1997), Four Jacobean Sex Tragedies (1998), ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore (2003), and A Woman Killed with Kindness and Other Plays (2008).

Dr Catherine Richardson is Reader in Renaissance Studies at the University of Kent. She is the author of Shakespeare and Material Culture (2011) and Domestic Life and Domestic Tragedy (2004), as well as editing Clothing Culture 1350-1550 (2004) and co-editing Everyday Objects: Medieval and Early Modern Objects and its Meanings with Tara Hamling (2010), among others. She and Dr Hamling are also running an AHRC-funded research network on Ways of Seeing the English Domestic Interior, 1500-1700: The Case of Decorative Textiles, as well as co-writing a book, tentatively titled ‘A Day At Home in Early Modern England’.

Coming soon: Jonathan Slinger…

 [photo credit: Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, copyright Gareth L Evans – on flickr]


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