‘Shakespeare, Performance, Place’ took place at Queen’s University, Belfast, on 2-3 November, 2012. The theme of the conference was Shakespearean performance and its relationship to place, location and geography. The themes were chosen to coincide with the first Shakespearean production to be staged at Belfast’s new Lyric Theatre, and performance was defined broadly to encompass theatrical event, film, television and mass media.
The conference attracted over 50 registered participants from Ireland, the UK and Europe, including more than 20 graduate students. Participants were treated to 16 papers over the course of two days, as well as a tour around the new Lyric Theatre, a new production of Macbeth (directed by Lynne Parker) and the UK Premiere of the Indonesian film, Romeo Juliet (with director Andibachtiar Yusuf in attendance).
Plenary speakers included Dr Patrick Lonergan (Galway), Dr Lucy Munro (Keele) and Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves (University of Central Lancashire). We were extremely grateful to the British Shakespeare Association (BSA), the Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS) and the School of English, QUB, for sponsorship.