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Wed 10 DecStart time: 16:30
Research Seminar: Graham LeyLocation: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
The script is one of the most familiar components of theatre and performance, often a contested site, at times regarded with great suspicion, as if it were a conspiracy of some kind by a bunch of beard-stroking men with the word ‘literature’ on their t-shirts (‘Does Tim Etchells have a beard?’ ‘Well, sometimes he’s fashionably stubbly but not…’ ‘No t-shirt either?’ ‘Well, not with ‘literature’ written on it.’ ‘He’s OK then.’). I spend a lot of time with the ghosts of a bunch of beard-stroking men from Athens with music, dance, composition, theatre and performance on their t-shirts, and I have tried to help actors unlock the theatricality of the words that remain from that heady, emotive excitement.
In this presentation I shall offer a view of the spoken parts of the tragic script as a set of transactions largely conducted in public, and define what I mean by transactions. I shall also bring into view the importance of the presence of the chorus, which antedates the actors in the history of this kind of performance. I shall illustrate the approach simply in relation to two passages from Greek tragedies, which are available for inspection in advance on the intranet.
The approach is the basis of a book being published in December of this year, with an associated website featuring studio recordings (Peter Hulton on camera, Chris Mearing editing) of illustrative scenes by students of the department. I shall briefly indicate the structure of that book, and talk also about the aims and contents of the essays collected in Ancient Greek and Contemporary Performance, a volume also due to be published in December.
Tue 10 MarStart time:
King Henry at St Nicholas PrioryLocation: St Nicholas Priory - Postcode: EX4 3BL Show on Map
Details and timings to be confirmed
Scenes from Shakespeare's Henry VIII will be presented in the setting of a Tudor chamber. This remarkable space will be used to evoke memories of the great monastic Hall where Henry, with the assistance of his malicious Cardinal, argued that his marriage to a Spanish wife had never existed - a turning point in the history of the nation. These scenes will be presented by a group of MA students from the Drama Department at the University of Exeter. The presentation has been tailored for pupils at top primary and lower secondary level.