Disguised Dukes in English Jacobean Drama, Saturday 6th November (online)
A study day for teachers, students, theatre practitioners, academics, and all members of the BSA.
Please registration for the event via Eventbrite (limited to 500 people). The link for the Zoom event will be available with every ticket.
A group of plays staged in London by different companies around 1604 featured as their protagonist a ruler who decides to disguise himself in order to observe his people and his court from the privileged vantage point of an anonymous visitor. Plays like William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, John Marston’s The Malcontent and The Fawn, and Thomas Middleton’s The Phoenix feature this enigmatic and satirical figure at the heart of the action.
This one-day event will engage with this intriguing political theme by discussing these plays and their historical and theatrical contexts. The study day aims to support teachers and students who may be focussing on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, in particular, by presenting a number of sessions dealing with the topic of the disguised duke, usefully offering a comparison with John Marston’s The Malcontent and, especially, The Fawn. It will also be of interest to theatre practitioners, professional academics, and the wider community of members of the British Shakespeare Association.
The centrepiece of the event is the video streaming of Edward’s Boys 2021 production of Marston’s The Fawn, staged in Stratford-upon-Avon in October 2021, which was professionally recorded for this event.
Welcome and introduction
Panel 1: TEACHING THE DISGUISED DUKE
with Emma Smith (University of Oxford), Alison Findlay (University of Lancaster), and Richard Dutton (Ohio State University / Queen’s University Belfast)
12 noon Lunch break.
12:30pm SCREENING OF THE FAWN (Edward’s Boys, 2021; 2h 30mins)
c. 3pm Break.
c. 3:15pm: Panel 2: PERFORMING THE FAWN
with Perry Mills (Director, Deputy Head of King Edward VI School), Clare McManus (University of Roehampton), and José A. Pérez Díez (University of Leeds)
c. 5pm END