CFP: Reanimating Playbooks symposium

It’s shaping up to be a busy spring in Stratford! 

A month before our conference convenes, the Shakespeare Institute will host a one day symposium on editing, Renaissance plays, and performance. Check out the CFP below – the deadline is two weeks today. Info on registration for auditors will be released in just a few weeks, so consider coming for the day even if you don’t wish to present. (We have it on good authority that the symposium convenors expect a day of lively discussion and editorial experimentation.)


Reanimating Playbooks:

Editing for Performance, Performance for Editing.

Symposium: Friday 10 May 2013, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

A one-day symposium to engage in the conversation between performance and text. We wish to provide a space to explore editorial practices on both sides of publication (from preparation to practice) and to explore how we use, compose, and conceptualise critical editions of Renaissance plays. The day will include a plenary panel of editors and theatre practitioners and two practical workshops.

Speakers are invited to submit proposals for 10 minute ‘provocations’ in which a question may be posed, a sticky editorial decision worked through, a long-standing practice interrogated, a new methodology explored, or something else entirely queried, crowd-sourced, considered, contested or created. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:       

–       new solutions to old editorial cruxes

–       problems or triumphs in your own editorial projects

–       experiments with stage directions, punctuation, formatting, annotations

–       desired aims of individual editions, or proposals for a new series style

–       directors/dramaturgs as editors, and vice versa

–       favorite editors of days past

–       the pedagogy of critical editions

We also welcome proposals for 15-20 minute papers or workshops.

A limited number of volunteer actors may be available for workshops; anticipated requests ideally would be included in your proposal.

Please submit 150-word abstracts, along with brief biographical statement to C K Ash at by Friday 15 March. Accepted proposals will be notified 22 March. Please do not hesitate to e-mail her with any questions about the event.

You can download the pdf here: CFP Reanimating Playbooks



 Friends, we’d like to admit our own folly. Whereas we previously advertised the closing date for presenters as Friday 25th April and auditors as Friday 23rd May, and the conference as ‘The British Shakespeare Graduate Conference’, these were incorrect. We’d like to reassure you all that the closing dates for both are Thursday 25th April (presenters) and Thursday 23rd May (auditors), not Friday – and for those of you mailing cheques and bank orders, please address them to ‘The British Graduate Conference’ [even though the official name of the conference is ‘The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference’]. We apologise for these errors, and have promptly rectified them.

(See, even BritGrad makes mistakes…)

And just so everything is crystal clear, here’s the CFP again:

Registration is open!

Friends, postgrads, countrymen…lend us your abstracts!
We come to open BritGrad registration.
The research that men do lives after them,
The best is often entered in their papers,
So let it be with BritGrad.
(What are you waiting for? Get registering now! See the CFP and poster for more details.)

Q: To be or not to be with BritGrad 2013 at the RSC?

Jonathan Slinger as Hamlet, in rehearsal. Photo by Keith Pattinson.

Now, for the announcement you have all been waiting for…it’s time for some theatre! 

We are delighted to announce that we have secured tickets for BritGrad 2013’s much-anticipated RSC production–the Thursday, June 6th performance of Hamlet starring Jonathan Slinger, directed by David Farr.  More information on the production can be found at the following link: 

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to order yours early!  (We have one wheelchair/companion duo available.)  We hope to see you there!

A: To be, obviously.

BritGrad 2013 Registration News

Attention delegates!

Registration for BritGrad 2013 opens on Friday 25 January and closes on Thursday 25 April.

Auditors have until Thursday 23 May to apply.

Places–and theatre tickets–are limited so be sure to register early!  Late fees will be incurred for any applications received after these dates.


Keep watching this space for more specific information about registration and fees.

BritGrad 2013 News!

Hello all,

We’re very pleased indeed to announce that BritGrad 2013 will convene June 6-8. Mark your calendars now!

In other news, we have a new committee about to plan another excellent conference, chaired this year by Cathleen McKague. For more info on the core and sub-committees, head over to the About Us section of the site.

[They can be reached, as always, at]

Confirmed: Martin Butler

The committee are pleased to announce the addition of another acclaimed plenary speaker to the 2012 programme!

Martin Butler (MA, PhD Cambridge) is Professor of English Renaissance Drama at the University of Leeds. He joins BritGrad to discuss his most recent AHRC-supported project, The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson for which he is General Editor with Ian Donaldson (Cambridge), and David Bevington (U Chicago). Other recent publications include The Stuart Court Masque and Political Culture (2008), and editions of The Tempest (Penguin, 2007) and Cymbeline (New Cambridge, 2005). In addition to giving papers at conferences and institutions worldwide, he has written numerous articles, and was Associate Editor for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for performing artists 1600-1700. 

Richard III at the RSC

BritGrad is pleased to announce this year’s play offering is Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Roxana Silbert (Birmingham Rep (designate) Artistic Director, RSC Associate Director) directs, Ti Green designs. Specific casting not yet announced, but we do know that the actors will also perform in A Soldier in Every Son – An Aztec Trilogy, a Compañía Nacional de Teatro de México/RSC co-production, also directed by Silbert.

This production is part of the World Shakespeare Festival 

[Each year the conference secures a number of tickets to one show at the RSC, offered to attendees at a reduced rate.  Information about ticket purchase included in registration materials.]