TOP STORY: Bidding Farewell to Dr Margaret Shewring
On 31 August 2020 Dr Margaret Shewring retired from Theatre and Performance Studies after 42 years teaching in the department. Margaret has inspired generations of theatre scholars and practitioners with her research on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Renaissance and Early Modern European Festivals, and the design of space for performance on the contemporary stage.
Fortunately Margaret will remain an active researcher and will be an Emeritus Reader in the department. She plans to celebrate her retirement in 2021 when she is due to host a conference as part of Coventry City of Culture. Find out more about Margaret's extraordinary career on her staff page.
SHUT DOWN BUT SCRATCHING
As we find ourselves in deeply challenging times, now more than ever emerging artists need support. The doors to the creative industry have been slammed shut and with that, almost all of the opportunities to make new work.
This award is designed to provide practical and financial support for Theatre and Performance Studies students who plan to create a piece of extra-curricular performance work in the department with a view to submitting this work to the Edinburgh Festival or a similar public platform. The recipients of this award will receive up to £600 to help mount the work.
David Coates has been awarded £2000 impact/ pump-priming money from the Humanities Research Fund for his project exploring the tangible and mythical legacies of the Shelley family in Bournemouth and Boscombe. He has a public-facing event at the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe on 29 February 2020 which includes presentations from Dr Stephen Hebron (curator of the Shelley collection at the Bodleian) and Lord Abinger (the current Shelley title and estate holder). There’ll also be hands-on transcription and research activities, with the day culminating with a staged reading of a play by Percy Florence Shelley, son of Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley, performed by members of Bournemouth Little Theatre. It’ll be the first time that the play has been heard in over 150 years – and what a treat that it’ll take place in Percy Florence Shelley’s former private theatre, for which the play was originally intended!