The first KiSSiT Work-in-Progress session of this Spring features three great speakers – Irene Morra, Peter Oswald and Richard O’Brien – who will be discussing Shakespeare and Verse Drama. The session will be held on March 9 in the Gallery of the Rose Theatre, Kingston. We will begin at 6.30 pm. The seminar is free and open to everyone!
Irene Morra is currently Reader in English Literature at Cardiff University. She is co-editor of The New Elizabethan Age: Culture, Society and National Identity after World War II (2016) and author of Twentieth-Century British Authors and the Rise of Opera in Britain (2007); Britishness, Popular Music and National Identity: The Making of Modern Britain (2014); and Verse Drama in England, 1900-2015: Art, Modernity, and the National Stage (2016).
Peter Oswald is a poet, playwright and performer. He was Writer in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe from 1998 to 2009. His plays, in verse, have been performed there, at the National Theatre, the Almeida, Birmingham Rep, in the West End, on Broadway and around the world. THE GOLDEN ASS, at the Globe (2002) starring Mark Rylance, formed part of the season that won the Evening Standard Award for Best Season. Phyllida Lloyd’s production of his version of Schiller’s MARY STUART won the South Bank Award. His plays are published by Oberon Books. They also publish his long poem WEYLAND, which he has performed at the Ledbury Festival. Peter received a Society of Authors travelling scholarship in 2016, and lives with his wife Alice and three children in Devon.
Richard O’Brien is a third-year PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute, working towards a thesis on Shakespeare and the development of verse drama which incorporates elements of creative practice. He is the co-author, with Hester Bradley, of a chapter in the forthcoming Arden Shakespeare volume New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity, and a winner of the Ben Jonson Journal’s 2016 ‘Discoveries’ award for an article on fictional representations of Jonson. In 2015, he chaired the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference. His verse play, Free for All, debuted in 2015 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and went on to tour the Midlands. His first play for children, an adaptation of The Selfish Giant, was performed at the Arcola Theatre in 2016.