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Shakespeare in Practice 2018. A Free One-Day Conference on the study of Shakespeare in Performance

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Media Factory Innovation Studio, PR1 2HE,  14th April 2018, 10.30 – 5pm

Confirmed Speakers: Andrew James Hartley, Kathryn Prince, Alexa Alice Joubin, Stephen Purcell, Darren Tunstall, Peter Kirwan, Theresa Saxon, Bridget Escolme and Stuart Hampton-Reeves.

 Call for Papers

The Shakespeare in Practice network launched in 2008 to bring together scholars developing performance-based approaches to the study of Shakespeare. To mark our tenth anniversary, and to celebrate the latest volumes in the Palgrave book series Shakespeare in Practice, we invite all scholars working on the study of Shakespeare in performance to submit proposals for short papers and non-paper presentation formats (15 minutes) on any aspect of the subject. We are particularly interested in new and daring approaches to performing Shakespeare, as well as issues facing contemporary theatre such as non-directed Shakespeare, immersive performance and digital theatre. Proposals offering new insights into theatre history in relation to Shakespeare are also welcome, as are papers on any of Shakespeare’s contemporaries in performance. To submit a paper, please send a 200-word abstract to by 28th February.

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Applying Shakespeare

Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 9 March 2018. Call for papers.

Shakespeare’s work continues to occupy a unique position within contemporary education, performance and popular culture.  Applied theatre is an umbrella term for a range of performance forms, often in non-theatrical spaces and with an agenda of personal or social change. When these two fields combine, the results can be transformative for those involved. This is an opportunity for practitioners and scholars to come together to consider the uses of applied Shakespeare, sharing best practice and considering the efficacy and impact of new and existing projects. 

This one-day symposium considers how Shakespeare is used within applied theatre contexts.  We are inviting papers and contributions on Shakespeare’s relation to, for example: learning difficulties; diversity; disability arts; mental health; performance in custodial settings; therapeutic interventions; accessibility; social inclusion; pedagogy; relaxed performances; activism.

 Confirmed speakers include Dr Sue Jennings (Dramatherapist), Phil Novis (Governor, HMP Leicester) Kelly Hunter (Artistic Director, Flute Theatre), and Ben Spiller (Artistic Director, 1623 Theatre).

 Please send 250-word proposals to Rowan Mackenzie, by 18 December 2017. As well as 20-minute papers, we welcome contributions in a variety of formats, for example workshops, performance demonstrations, and posters. Please indicate clearly in your email the name of presenter(s), institutional affiliation(s) and email address(es). Proposers can expect to hear if their abstract has been accepted by 9 January 2018, and registration will open soon afterward. Any enquiries can be directed to

Conference Organisers: Rowan Mackenzie, The Shakespeare Institute, Nicola Shaughnessy, University of Kent, Robert Shaughnessy, University of Surrey.

Radical Mischief

The Other Place theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20-21 July 2018.

Born of the pioneering collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Radical Mischief offers an unmissable opportunity to be involved in an urgent and open conversation about what thought and theatre can do in our time at the RSC’s centre for research and development, The Other Place.

This conference invites participants to address the most important issues of our time in an open and exciting, inter-disciplinary and sector-crossing conversation. From the financial crash to war in the Middle East; from popular nationalism to fundamental questions about the value of both art and education: we live in a bewilderingly changing world. This conference will explore new ways in which we can work together not only to define but also to respond to its many challenges.

In the spirit of the new democracy we seek to promote, this event will experiment with the traditional conference form. There will be no uninterrupted, pre-written papers; instead, there will be two provocative plenary conversations, between high-profile figures with challenging views, intended to inspire open debate. The conference will then curate a series of focused conversations in different formats, including active participation and open space technology, led by artists, scholars and conference participants. 

We are pleased to announce that the Conference will kick off with a conversation between Emma Rice and Professor Jonathan Dollimore.

The event will also feature an exciting mix of scholars, artists and journalists such as: Professor Dympna Callaghan, Nadia Latif, Professor Kiernan Ryan, Dr Catherine Silverstone, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Professor Julia Lupton, Anders Lustgarten, Lyn Gardner, Professor Peter Holbrook, Juliet Gilkes Romero, Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall and Professor Richard Wilson. For more information, please visit


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