Discussion on the Barton / Hall Wars of the Roses + cast Q&A

The_Wars_of_the_RosesWhile still recovering from the exciting Shakespeare and Scandinavia marathon a few days ago, we are pleased to announce a brilliant line-up of speakers for the third session in the Shakespeare and Sovereignty series, this time addressing the Barton / Hall adaptation that is the Wars of the Roses: Dominique Goy-Blanquet (University of Picardie), Stuart Hampton-Reeves (University of Central Lancashire), and Carol Rutter (University of Warwick).

Uncharacteristically, this session will take place on Wednesday (!) Oct 14. We will begin after the cast Q&A in the Rose Auditorium which begins after the matinée performance, about 5.30. All KiSS attendees will be admitted to the Q&A upon declaring it (that they are a KiSS attendee) at the door. (Editor’s note: If anyone were to exclaim the aforementioned declaration, our Finnish webmaster might be inclined to reward you somehow.) So our session will begin between 6 and 6.30 pm at the Studio, not our familiar Gallery.

A word about our speakers:

Dominique Goy-BlanquetDominique Goy-Blanquet is professor emeritus of Elizabethan Theatre at the University of Picardie, a member of the editorial board of La Quinzaine Littéraire and a contributor to The Times Literary Supplement. Her works include Shakespeare’s Early History Plays: From Chronicle to Stage (Oxford University Press, 2003), Shakespeare et l’invention de l’histoire (Le Cri, 2004), the edition of Joan of Arc, A Saint for All Reasons: Studies in myth and politics (Ashgate 2003), essays for CNRS, Arden 3, Shakespeare Survey, Cambridge Companion, Europe, and French translations of John D. Wilson, What happens in ‘Hamlet’ (Le Seuil, 1992), Anthony Burgess’s autobiography, Little Wilson and Big God (Grasset, 1996), and W. H. Auden’s Lectures on Shakespeare (Anatolia, 2003). Lately, she has been working on theatre and law and has also translated Tariq Ali’s Night of the Golden Butterfly into French.

large_stuart_hampton-reevesStuart Hampton-Reeves is the first Professor of Research-informed Teaching in 2007 and established the Centre for Research-informed Teaching. Stuart’s research interests include Shakespeare in Performance and Undergraduate Research. He was the Performance Editor of the journal Shakespeare and the General Editor (with Bridget Escolme) of Palgrave’s Shakespeare in Practice series. He is also Chair of the British Shakespeare Association and currently chairs the steering group of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (www.bcur.org). He is the author of several books on Shakespeare in performance and Shakespeare’s History Plays including: (with Carol Chillington Rutter) Shakespeare in Performance: The Henry VI Plays (Manchester University Press); (with Dermot Cavanagh and Stephen Longstaffe) Shakespeare’s Histories and Counter-Histories; The Shakespeare Handbooks: Measure for Measure (Palgrave); The Shakespeare Handbooks: Othello (Palgrave). Stuart is also a trustee and director of the British Shakespeare Association and the Blackpool Grand Theatre. He regularly gives keynotes lectures and workshops on undergraduate research, research-informed teaching and Shakespeare in performance. His full academic profile can be accessed here.

Carol RutterCarol Rutter is Professor and Director of the CAPITAL Centre, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. In 2005 she became the first woman in the history of the Department to be promoted to a personal chair in English when she was made Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies. From 2006-2011 she was Director of the CAPITAL Centre (Creativity and Performance in Teaching and Learning), a HEFCE-funded Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning that, in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, developed (cross-university and cross-faculty) open-space learning for higher education.She presided over the transformation of CAPITAL into a university core-funded Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) in 2011.

Carol Rutter’s major research interests lie in Shakespeare performance studies. She writes about Shakespeare (and his contemporaries) both in early modern and in subsequent performance. A historian of the early modern stage (as in Documents of the Rose Playhouse), she is also engaged with writing contemporary theatre history (see theatre review articles in Shakespeare Survey 63 – 68), and she uses theatre records to write about the material remains of performance (posters, props, costumes; objects that ‘remember’ performance). She has a special interest in early modern childhood and pedagogy (which aligns with her writing on teaching and learning in today’s university); is a regular contributor to BBC Radio arts and education programmes; and has recently begun publishing digitally. Her current project locates her in the Archivio di Stato, Venice, transcribing from Collegio Secreta state papers the primary materials that will equip her to write a biography of one of Shakespeare’s most charismatic (and disaster-prone) contemporaries, Henry Wotton, James I’s English ambassador to the Venetian Republic from 1604. Alongside the life writing Rutter aims to publish ‘Wotton’s Digital Diplomatic Bag’ to make available to students and scholars a virtual archive of documents, transcriptions and translations, annotated and interpreted, interleaving records from Venice and the National Records Office (London), that will put on view for the first time the daily life of one jobbing early modern ambassador.

If you haven’t seen the Nunn Wars of the Roses, do so quickly.

Rose Theatre Wars of the Roses

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