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17:00 - 19:00 23 May 2018

“Thou look’st pale”: Narrating Physical Responses on the Early Modern Stage


Foster Court 307 | UCL Bloomsbury Theatre (link Map)
15 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AH | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Dr Emma Whipday, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, UCL English Department, Emma has taught at UCL, King’s College London, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Brasenose College, Oxford. Her UCL doctoral thesis explored the relationship between Shakespeare’s tragedies and the genre of domestic tragedy, a group of plays that explore disruption and death in early modern non-elite households. She has directed a number of performance-as-research projects at UCL and elsewhere, and is also a playwright; her play 'Shakespeare’s Sister' is published and licensed by Samuel French, and premiered at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, in February 2017.

A talk by Dr Emma Whipday (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, UCL English Department). Emma is interested in family, gender, and power on the early modern stage, and in early modern popular culture more broadly. Her current project explores the cultural importance of the brother-sister relationship, and how it intersects with issues of patriarchal power, female agency, domestic authority, and the place of the unmarried woman in early modern society. Emma’s research to date focuses on the political significance of household dynamics; the generic expectations that shape texts; and the interplay between performers, playing spaces and audiences on the early modern stage and street.


Prof Helen Hackett


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