Hamlet @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

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This year we have the pleasure of offering tickets to see Hamlet at the RSC. When booked with registration tickets are the special price of just £16 – we have a very limited number left, so don’t miss out!

Any Shakespeare fan will know Hamlet, but this production brings you the play like you’ve never seen it before. It’s bright, it’s fast, it’s young, and it’s performed by one of the strongest ensembles the RSC has seen in a long time. We won’t ruin it for you, but it’s safe to say we loved it and we hope you will too!

Find out more about Hamlet from the RSC, or watch the feature trailer  here.

Travel Bursary Applications Now Open

Good morning!

We’ve added a new page to the blog this morning, in the drop-down menu below “Funding Resources.” You’ll find information on the four competitive travel bursaries being offered to delegates this year, through the generous support of the Lizz Ketterer Trust, as well as the downloadable application (available both as a PDF and Word document).

Applications are due 19 May and are open to all full- or part-time students who have been selected to present a paper at this year’s conference. Other application requirements and details are listed on the new page. Applications may be submitted by email or post.

In the meantime, remember that early-bird registration for auditors also ends on 19 May. You’re welcome to register after that, however late fees will apply. Submit a registration form today – BritGrad 2016 is shaping up to be a great conference and we’d love to see you there.

~ The BritGrad Committee

Plenary Profiles: Stephen Purcell

Ready for the eighth in our series of Plenary Profiles? Meet Stephen Purcell: an academic and artistic director who specialises in Shakespeare in performance.

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Stephen Purcell is Associate Professor of English at the University of Warwick. His publications include Popular Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Handbooks volume on Webster’s The White Devil, and Shakespeare and Audience in Practice. His research focuses on Shakespeare and his contemporaries in modern performance and popular culture. He directs for the theatre company The Pantaloons.

Check back soon to find out more about our plenary speakers for BritGrad 2016!

Abstract Reminder & Other Updates!

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost to the end of March! A few BritGrad updates for you, as we get closer to the conference date.

First, and most importantly, there are only five days (!!) until the abstract submission deadline! Submit your 200-word abstract by 23:59 GMT on 21 March for consideration at BritGrad 2016. We will consider abstracts for papers twenty minutes in length on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance Studies. More creative forms of criticism, such as original writing or performance, may also be submitted, also requiring a 200-word abstract.

Second, we’ve implemented a change this year, in that registration and abstract submission are now separateThis means that registration for both delegates with accepted abstracts and auditors (those not speaking at the conference) will open after the 21 March abstract deadline has passed. Don’t worry, we’ll send plenty of emails and post to all our social media accounts once registration has opened.

Third, we’re pleased to announce that BritGrad has partnered with the Lizz Ketterer Trust to provide a select number of competitive travel bursaries, for which a formal application will be released soon. Four bursaries will be available, one for a student traveling from outside the EU, one for a student traveling inside the EU, and two for students traveling within the UK. The application is not available just yet, but, again, we will make an announcement when it is. Because the bursaries won’t be disbursed before the abstract deadline, we strongly advise that you submit an abstract now so that you don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be a fantastic conference!

Remember that there are other funding resources available for students (for this and other conferences), some of which you can see on our funding page.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions — we’re happy to help!

~ The BritGrad Committee

Plenary Profiles: Erica Whyman OBE

Here’s the third in our series of Plenary Profiles. Meet Erica Whyman: award-winning director, champion of The Other Place, and Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC!

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Erica is a theatre director with many years’ experience, and became Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in January 2013. Working closely with Gregory Doran on all aspects of artistic strategy, she takes the lead on the development of new work, and the planned re-opening of the RSC’s studio theatre and laboratory space, The Other Place.

Erica was Chief Executive of Northern Stage from 2005 to 2012. She oversaw the opening of a new building, introduced a collaborative organisational culture and attracted local and national acclaim for the company’s repertoire of work. In 2012 she won the TMA Award for Theatre Manager of the Year.

She was Associate Producer at the Tricycle Theatre and Associate Director at ETT, and then became Artistic Director of Southwark Playhouse (1998-2000) and of The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill (2000-2004). She chairs the Board of Theatre503 and is a trustee of RTYDS.

One of the first fellows of the Clore Leadership Programme, Erica speaks regularly on artists in leadership roles. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for services to Theatre in the UK.

Erica is currently directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the RSC and preparing for Dream to tour across the UK, utilizing amateur acting troupes as the Rude Mechanicals in each performance. Check out the trailer below!

Check back soon to find out more about our plenary speakers for BritGrad 2016!

CFP: Indian Shakespeares on Screen

We’re in the process of electing the new BritGrad committee, but while you’re waiting, why not apply to another conference co-organised by a former BritGrad committee member? Call for Papers below.

Indian Shakespeares on Screen

27-30 April 2016

An interdisciplinary symposium at Asia House, London – 27-29 April

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Screenings with Q&A: Vishal Bhardwaj’s trilogy Maqbool, Omkara, Haider

in collaboration with the British Film Institute, London – 29&30 April

Keynote Panel: Scriptwriters in discussion

Abbas Tyrewala (Maqbool, 2004)

Robin Bhatt and Abhishek Chaubey (Omkara, 2006)

Basharat Peer (Haider, 2014)

Indian Shakespeares on stage have garnered the increasing attention of academics both Western and Eastern, yet local and regional screen versions continue to be largely overlooked within the scope of Shakespeare on film. It has been a decade since the publication of India’s Shakespeare: Translation, Interpretation and Performance (2005), where Poonam Trivedi observes that despite the seven hundred million speakers of different Indian languages worldwide, Shakespeare’s impact on the theatre and films in these languages has yet to be accorded the critical attention it merits.

In 2014, we hosted a one-day conference in London to discuss the relationship between Shakespeare and Hindi cinema/ Bollywood, the world’s largest cinema industry. In 2016, we seek to widen this discussion to include the relationship between Shakespeare and Indian cinema, bringing together researchers and practitioners to establish the state of current scholarship in this vibrant, underexamined field.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers (and panels), posters and creative approaches, from scholars of all disciplines including film studies, postcolonial studies, Shakespeare studies and translation studies. These could be on any aspect of Shakespeare and Indian cinema, especially regional cinemas and overlooked aspects of Shakespeare in Bollywood.

Topics could include:

  • prehistories
  • Indian film translations/adaptations/appropriations of Shakespeare’s works
  • practitioners’/directors’/writers’/others’ experiences
  • intertextual adaptations/intermedial crossovers
  • Shakespeare in Indian film festivals
  • documentaries on any aspect of Shakespeare in India/Indian Shakespeares
  • screenplays
  • economics global and local
  • comparisons of Shakespeare in Indian cinema to Shakespearean adaptations in other countries
  • Shakespeare in Indian cinema and regional audience reception
  • Shakespeare and parallel cinema
  • beyond Parsi theatre: Indian Shakespeare cinema and other indigenous performance traditions
  • Shakespeare and South-Asian diaspora films
  • challenges of researching Shakespeare and Indian cinema
  • challenges to and importance of building an archive
  • Shakespeare and socio-political campaigns in Indian cinema
  • gendering Shakespeare in Indian cinema
  • artwork and promotional material: posters, flybills, film trailers, coffee table books, music releases

Abstracts of 300 words and/or panel proposals (plus a 50 word bio) should be sent to shakespeareandbollywood@gmail.com by 25 November 2015.

Responses will be made by 20 December 2015. 

*Deadline now extended to 15 December 2015.*

Organised by:

Thea Buckley, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Koel Chatterjee, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Varsha Panjwani, Boston University (London) and University of York

Dr Preti Taneja, University of Warwick and Queen Mary, University of London

Academic Advisor:

Dr Deana Rankin, Royal Holloway, University of Londoncfpcfp

Faces and Places (actually, just one place — The Shakespeare Institute)

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These are our “morning on the first day of BritGrad” faces.
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Michael Dobson, waiting for his moment.
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Richard O’Brien in the hall.
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Before the first panel of the first day!
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Blake Barbiche presenting “O (no) Romeo, Romeo” (as is made obvious by her slideshow).
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Book alcove.
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Taking a brief moment to chill
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The weather was alarmingly cooperative.
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We were provided with PLENTY of tea and food.
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A break in the lovely sun.

(Stay tuned for a summary of the final day of BritGrad…)

Schedule for June 3rd and Possible Rail Strike

BritGrad technically starts on Thursday, June 4th, but, as our previous post demonstrated, we will still be around on Wednesday!

15.30-16.30- Pre-show talk by Oxford Professor Tiffany Stern

17.30-18.45- Performance of Der Bestrafte Brudermord (Fratricide Punished), a Hamlet puppet show

20.00- Join us at the Windmill, a pub just across the street from the Shakespeare Institute.

Also, please note that there might be a National Rail strike from 17.00 on Thursday, June 4th until 16.59 Friday, June 5th. Visit National Rail’s page on service alterations for more details.

Call for Papers: Shakespeare Recreated, New Contexts, New Interpretations

Soon, we will start profiling our fabulous plenary speakers. Until then, check out this upcoming student conference hosted by the Shakespeare International Studies Centre with the Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society and CULTUR(N)ED Student Society:

SHAKESPEARE RECREATED: NEW CONTEXTS, NEW INTERPRETATIONS
UNIVERSITY OF ŁÓDŹ, 22-23 APRIL 2015

Although the Bard appears to be the most researched author in the world, his works and his own person still inspire, puzzle and encourage heated debates. Our conference marks a special three-year period in the history of the appreciation of Shakespeare, with the 450th anniversary of his birth in 2014 and the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. We would like to invite proposals for 20 minute presentations (followed up by approximately 10 minutes of discussion) in all areas of studies connected with the works of William Shakespeare. Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

  • Shakespeare and popculture: comics, computer games, youtube, parodies, etc.;
  • Filming Shakespeare: Shakespeare on film and television, adaptations and appropriations,
    representations of the playwright on screen;
  • Performing Shakespeare: staging Shakespeare then and now;
  • Polish explorations of Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s presence in Polish literature, film,
    theatre and art;
  • Representations of (and inspirations by) Shakespeare’s works in world literature, film,
    theatre and art;
  • Reviving Shakespeare: methods of popularizing Shakespeare in Britain and other countries;
  • Movements and disruptions within the Shakespearean canon: why some of his works are
    more popular in certain moments in history or even gain a lasting popularity, while others
    are neglected?
  • Elizabethan culture—society, economy, fashion—and the works of Shakespeare;
  • Apocryphal Shakespeare: plays attributed to Shakespeare, collaborative works and lost
    plays;
  • Intertextual Shakespeare: Shakespearean references in modern works;
  • Shakespeare in the light of modern theories: Ecocriticism, Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism, New Historicism, Gender & Queer Theory, etc.

The conference will be held at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Łódź, on 22-23 April 2015.

The following distinguished guests have confirmed their participation:

– prof. Virginia Mason Vaughan (University in Worcester, Massachusetts);
– prof. Alden T. Vaughan (University in Worcester, Massachusetts);
– dr Dmytro Drozdovsky (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).

We invite all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to participate. The conference will be held both in English and Polish. Abstracts of ca. 250 words should be submitted to shakespeare.recreated@gmail.com no later than 29 March 2015. Selected papers will be published. The registration fee is 30 PLN (10 EURO for overseas participants), which covers coffee breaks, conference materials and publication.

For more information, please contact the secretaries of the conference at shakespeare.recreated@gmail.com. To find out more about us, please visit the official conference website (http://shakespearerecreated.tumblr.com/) and the website of Shakespeare International Studies Centre (http://shakespearecentre.uni.lodz.pl).

Download this call for papers here.