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Irish Renaissance Seminar

The BSA is proud to sponsor the following seminar. Attendance is free for all.

This event is part of a larger series, more details here:


Shakespeare Lives across the Island: Conversations and Celebrations

7th May 2016, Old Staff Common Room, QUB

12pm                                     Lunch (courtesy of School of English)

1pm – 2pm                         Plenary One                                       Chair: Ramona Wray (QUB)

Prof. Sheila T. Cavanagh (Emory University and Fulbright/Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair), ‘The Curiosity of Nations: Communities of Shakespeare in the Twenty-first Century’

2pm – 3:15pm                   Paper Session                                   Chair: Edel Lamb (QUB)

Shakespeare on Film and in Performance

Emer McHugh (NUI Galway), ‘Irish Shakespeare on the Margins and in the Mainstream: The Case of Druid Shakespeare’

Dr Edel Semple (UC Cork), ‘Men, Women and the Nation in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth

3:15 – 3:30pm                    Coffee

3:30 – 4:30pm                    Plenary Two                                       Chair: Romano Mullin (QUB)

Dr Stephen O’Neill (Maynooth University), ‘“It is the digital, / The digital above us, govern our conditions”: Shakespeare, (Mis)Quotation and Digital Cultures’

4:30 – 5:15pm                    Roundtable: Belfast Tempest     Chair: Mark Burnett (QUB)

Belfast Tempest is a stunning adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest staged in the giant industrial cathedral that is T13. It combines 3D holographic sound, actors, dancers, a choir of Belfast voices and community groups from across the city. The roundtable features Andrea Montgomery, Director (Terra Nova), and cast member Ilana Gilovich (QUB)

5:30pm                                 Reception and Launch of the British Council/QUB Exhibition, ‘Shakespeare Lives through Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen’, Queen’s Film Theatre

7pm                                       Dinner at French Village, Botanic Avenue (self-funding, but School of English to provide drinks to accompany dinner)


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