BSA Bulletin for October and November 2017
NEWS FROM THE TRUSTEES
2017 Annual General Meeting and Honorary Fellowships award ceremony, The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4November, 2 to 5pm
All members are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting, which will commence at 2pm in the Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Following our AGM, at 3:30pm the British Shakespeare Association will be holding a formal ceremony to award our two honorary fellowships for 2017. They are to be given to Sarah Stanton, formerly Publisher, Shakespeare and early modern literary studies, for Cambridge University Press, and to the leading Shakespearian actor Adrian Lester. The event will include a conversation between Sarah Stanton and Professor Michael Dobson (Director of the Shakespeare Institute) and between Adrian Lester and Professor Alison Findlay (Chair of the BSA). The event is free to members of the BSA; non-member tickets will be priced at £5 (redeemable against the price of BSA membership). More details are available on: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/event/2017-fellowship-award-ceremony/
‘Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey’, The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 November, 11am – 12:30pm
If you can make it to the Shakespeare Centre in time for 11.00am on Saturday 4 November (in advance of our AGM and Honorary Fellows event) then you might like to attend a panel discussion organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the University of Warwick with two excellent and exciting speakers, both of whom use Shakespeare to ‘disturb the air’:
Debra Ann Byrd – actor, producer and founder of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival, currently SBT-Warwick Writer-in-Residence in Stratford, researching her memoir
Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey. Debra Ann will reflect on the effort, imagination and grit it takes to challenge systemic prejudice in Shakespearean production.
Professor Liam Semler – a prolific and wide-ranging Shakespearean from the University of Sydney who will speak about using Shakespeare to create ‘turbulence’ within secondary and higher education systems.
This two-hander followed by Q&As will appeal to all of our constituencies – practitioners, teachers, scholars – and will be an appropriate overture to the day.
New partnership with Oxford University Press
We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Oxford University Press. BSA members can now enjoy an exclusive 20% discount across OUP’s print publishing. Titles included range from Very Short Introductions to the ground-breaking New Oxford Shakespeare series and the latest books in Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. This promotion can be enjoyed using a promo code that we have made available to members in the private members’ area of our website. You should be able to access this area with the login details provided in the email confirming your membership for 2017/18. If you have not yet renewed your membership, you can do so easily on this link: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/members/join-the-bsa-or-renew-membership/
You can bookmark the OUP link and check back often for new releases. And of course, sign up for the latest OUP Literature news! https://global . oup . com/academic/?cc=gb&lang=en
Extended deadline: BSA Annual Conference at Queen’s University Belfast, 14-17 June 2018
New deadline for submissions: 1st November 2017
Shakespeare Studies is one of the most rich and dynamic areas of interdisciplinary enquiry. It embraces historical explorations of Shakespeare’s canon, ranges across four hundred years of world theatre and performance history, and is continually renewed by Shakespeare’s iconic status in contemporary culture, film and media. Shakespeare draws together academics, teachers, theatre professionals, practitioners, readers and enthusiasts. At the same time, Shakespeare is a global commodity, reinvented in every culture and nation, meaning that his work prompts world-wide conversation. Following on from the 2016 celebrations, the 2018 BSA conference offers an opportunity for academics, practitioners enthusiasts and teachers (primary, secondary and sixth- form teachers and college lecturers) to reflect upon Shakespeare Studies today. Plenary Speakers include: Prof. Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter), Prof. Clara Calvo (University of Murcia), Prof. Richard Dutton (Queen’s University Belfast), Prof. Courtney Lehmann (University of the Pacific) and Prof. Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University). UK Premieres include: Veeram (dir. Jayaraj, 2016), a South Indian film adaptation of Macbeth, and Hermia and Helena (dir. Matías Piñeiro, 2016), an Argentine adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. BSA 2018 also includes: Q+As with theatre director Andrea Montgomery (The Belfast Tempest, 2016) and film directors Jayaraj and Matías Piñeiro.
There are four ways to participate in BSA 2018:
– Submit an abstract for a 20-minute paper. Abstracts (100 words) and a short biography to be submitted by 1 November 2017 to BSA2018@qub.ac.uk
– Submit a proposal for a panel session consisting of three 20-minute papers. Abstracts for all three papers (100 words each), a rationale for the panel (100 words) and short speaker biographies to be submitted by 1 November 2017 to BSA2018@qub.ac.uk
– Submit a proposal for a performance / practice or education workshop or a teachers’ INSET session. For a workshop, submit a summary proposal outlining aims and activities and a biographical statement. For an INSET session (either a one-hour event or a twenty-minute slot), submit a summary proposal and biographical statement. All proposals to be submitted by 1 November 2017 to BSA2018@qub.ac.uk
– Submit an abstract to join a seminar. The seminar format involves circulating a short paper in advance of the conference and then meeting to discuss all of the papers in Belfast. Abstracts (100 words), a short biography and a statement of your seminar of preference to be submitted by 1 November 2017 to BSA2018@qub.ac.uk.
For full details of the available seminars and all other information, please visit this link: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/conference/
Annual conferences for 2019 and 2020
After our Belfast conference in 2018, the institutions that will host our next two annual conferences are Swansea University in 2019, with the title Shakespeare: Race and Nation, and the University of Surrey in 2020, themed around Shakespeare in Action. We welcome proposals to host our annual conferences from 2021.
BSA funding available for conference, events, and other activities
The BSA is able to award small amounts of money to Shakespeare-related education events, academic conferences and other activities taking place in the UK. For more information or to apply for funding, please email the Chair of the Events Committee, Susan Anderson (Susan.Anderson@shu.ac.uk) or the Chair of the Education Committee, Sarah Olive (email@example.com).
Flute Theatre Company
Flute Theatre was set up by RSC actor and director Kelly Hunter in 2014 to create productions of Shakespeare for inclusive audiences. We have two ways of making our work; both are immersive and intimate. The first strips away the pomp and ceremony of Shakespeare’s plays to reveal the essence of their humanity with fresh, original theatricality. Twelfth Night is made in this way and premiered at Teatro La Veleta to critical acclaim this summer at Almagro Festival, Spain.
The second method goes even deeper into the essence of Shakespeare to create productions specifically for children with autism and their families. The Tempest was created in 2014 and has toured internationally, performing for children with autism and their families in the UK, USA and Spain, in English, Spanish and Catalan. In Autumn 2017 we are making A Midsummer Night’s Dream, our second show for children with autism in co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Theatre. Our productions are site sympathetic, adaptable to space and language.
We are now looking to continue our journey across Spring/Summer 2018, with an emphasis on International Theatre festivals looking to programme high quality and exciting work. We are already in conversations with Neuss Globe, Germany and International Shakespeare Festival Craiova, Romania to return with Twelfth Night, after the success of our production of Hamlet in 2016.
We have also been invited to bring A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Teatre Lliure, Barcelona next Spring, following the success of The Tempest in March 2017. Our work is entirely unique. We want to offer these groundbreaking experiences to as many people as possible worldwide. We rely on grants & donations big or small to make this happen. Please donate today to become part of Flute’s journey.
https://www . justgiving . com/campaigns/charity/flutetheatre/journeycontinues
For more information go to
http ://www . flutetheatre . co . uk/tempest/
New Editors for the Education Network Blog
As of February 2017, following on from the excellent work of Dr Sarah Olive, our Education Network blog will be jointly edited by the BSA’s two Teaching Trustees: Chris Green and Karen Eckersall. Chris and Karen will welcome any contributions to the education network blog. You can contact them with articles, ideas or questions at the following email addresses: Chris Green – Karen Eckersall – More information on:
Which of the fathers in Shakespeare said these words? Oxford University Press Quiz by Berit Henrickson
Everyone knows William Shakespeare, the prolific English playwright and poet of the late 1500s and early 1600s. His extensive collection of comedies, tragedies, and romances are still very popular today. In fact, they are frequently referenced, adapted, and studied across the globe due to their reputation and his. In light of TNT’s new television series, Will, which premiered on 10 July and chronicles the early life of William Shakespeare on the play-writing circuit, we created a quiz to test your knowledge of Shakespeare’s works. How familiar are you with these notable quotes from the fathers in Shakespeare? Test your knowledge by matching the quotes with the father who said it. Take the quiz here: https://blog . oup . com/2017/07/father-shakespeare-quiz/
Teaching Shakespeare 12 is out!
We are pleased to announce that the twelfth issue of Teaching Shakespeare and the first ever summer issue of the magazine, with articles on Shakespeare in Hanoi, on Shakespeare and autistic students, on young offenders and Othello, and on digitized promptbooks, is now available for free download. You can download your free copy here: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/bsa-news/teaching-shakespeare-12-is-out/
We are pleased to advertise news and activities by our members and other Shakespeare associations. If you would like to advertise a Shakespeare-related activity, please email our Membership Officer, José A. Pérez Díez, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Items below are not affiliated with or endorsed by the BSA – please use individual contact details for more information.
Edmund Kean in Twickenham, 5 November 2017
Performance: The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean – a solo performance charting the rise and decline of the great 19th Century actor and one of the great interpreter’s of Shakespeare premiered at The RSC’s Other Place Theatre. More details here : www . edmundkean . co . uk
Venue & date: 7.30pm on 5th November 2017 at The Exchange, Twickenham – a brand new 320 seat theatre situated opposite Twickenham Station. Details & bookings here : http ://exchangetwickenham . co . uk
The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 1824-2016, Susan Brock and Sylvia Morris, available now.
In their new book, The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 1824-2016, Susan Brock and Sylvia Morris answer the question “How did it come about that a small market town in the centre of England became the focus of the worldwide worship of Shakespeare?” After all, London’s claims were much stronger being the place where he became famous and spent the most productive years of his life. The story of the part played by the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon, set up nearly 200 years ago by ordinary townsfolk and still in existence today, is told in this alternative history of the town. The Club was responsible for organising the first local festivities for Shakespeare’s Birthday on 23 April in 1827, 1830 and 1833. It played an important part in saving Shakespeare’ s Birthplace and setting up the Birthplace Trust. It worked towards the preservation of the Shakespeare monuments and the graves in Holy Trinity Church and it played a huge part in setting up the theatres in Stratford so that Shakespeare’s plays have a permanent home for their performance outside London. The fully-illustrated book is based on documentary evidence provided by the rich archives of the Club dating back to its foundation in 1824 and the archives of Stratford-upon-Avon which are preserved in the collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Published by the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon, copies (£12.99) are available direct from www . stratfordshakespeareclub . org.