On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890
On December 8th 2012, the British Shakespeare Association, in collaboration with the School of English at Bangor University and the Bangor-Aberystwyth Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, ran a one-day symposium entitled On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890, organised by Stephen Colclough and Andrew Hiscock. This one-day interdisciplinary conference focused upon performance, interpretations and publications of Shakespeare in the pre-modern period, both in the UK and abroad, and called for papers on a range of themes:
- Shakespearean Performances 1590-1890s and Performance Reportage
- Shakespearean Theatre History 1590-1890
- World Shakespeares 1590-1890
- Critical Responses to Shakespeare 1590-1890 (journalism, diaries, correspondence)
- Reading Shakespeare 1590-1890 (criticism, education, annotated editions)
- Material Shakespeare 1590-1890
- Shakespeare as Political Icon 1590-1890
The organisers were delighted to welcome Professor Andrew Gurr for a keynote lecture entitled 'A few new flutters in The Tempest'. Panels brought together speakers from the UK, France, Hungary and Turkey, with subjects ranging from 19th century promptbooks to early modern genre, from the reviews of Simon Forman to readings of Shakespeare by Margaret Cavendish, John Clare and Abraham Lincoln. Papers demonstrated the geographical spread of Shakespeare's connections throughout this period, from Welsh poetry to the Spanish realist novel. The conference was further delighted to welcome BSA Trustee Andrew Jarvis, in conversation with conference co-organiser and fellow Trustee Andrew Hiscock, speaking of his experience as an actor of Shakespeare.
The conference attracted a range of speakers from early stage graduate students to discipline leaders, representing the collegiality and breadth of experience within the BSA community, and concluded with a sherry reception and dinner. The BSA board has extended a vote of thanks to Stephen and Andrew for organising such a rich and productive conference.