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Alternative Victorians and their Predecessors: New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Performance Research

You are warmly invited to Alternative Victorians and their Predecessors: New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Performance Research, a symposium to investigate current developments in theatre and performance research and scholarship relating to the long nineteenth century, and to consider ways forward.

This symposium focuses on papers exploring what has been called the ‘new theatre history’, innovative research methods and reconfigurations of theatre and performance history on both a national and global scale.

Speakers will include: Tracy C. Davis, Dan Rebellato, Kate Newey, Marty Gould, Baz Kershaw, and Catherine Hindson. The full schedule (subject to confirmation) can be found below.

The symposium is convened by the editors of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film: Jim Davis, Janice Norwood, Patricia Smyth and Sharon Weltman.

Registration Fee: £15/ Postgraduates, £10 (includes lunch and refreshments, payable on the day, but please register your intention to attend in advance).

To register or for further information, please contact:



9.30 Registration



10.00 Welcome



10.10 – 11.10 PANEL 1

Work Time, Social Time, Leisure Time, Private Time

Tracy C. Davis (Northwestern University)

Performing time’s malleability: refractions on the ‘live’ in theatre/performance historiography.

Baz Kershaw (University of Warwick)



11.10 – 11.35 COFFEE



11.35 – 1.05 PANEL 2


Putting on a Show: Theatre and Performance at Port Sunlight, Bournville and New Earswick, 1889-1925

Catherine Hindson (University of Bristol)

The Machine is always Ready: An Analysis of 1890s Cycling Stunts

Kristin Smith (Queen Mary, University of London)


An Alternative ‘Roman Spectacle’: Emotional engagement strategies and adaptation of theatre into cinema at the turn of the 20th century

Emily Lord-Kambitsch (University College, London)



1.05 – 2.00 LUNCH



2.00 – 3.30 PANEL 3

Nineteenth Century Theatre and Visual Culture

Kate Newey (University of Exeter)

I’m Looking Through You: Second Thoughts on the Fourth Wall

Dan Rebellato (Royal Holloway University of London  & Université Paris-Sorbonne)

Building Walls: Set Design, Urban Modernity, and the Spatial Imagination Elizabeth Corsun (Transylvania University)


3.30 – 4.00 TEA AND COFFEE


4.00 – 5.30 PANEL 4

Adaptation, Translation, and Theatrical Relocation

Marty Gould (University of South Florida, Marie Curie Fellow, Brunel University)


Wilde, Angel-Makers and In-Yer-Face Theatre: Alternative Readings of The Importance of Being Earnest

Kate Mattacks (UWE)


Versions of Sensation’ in and beyond the Lord Chamberlain’s Collection

Beth Palmer (University of Surrey)


5.30 – 5.40 SHORT BREAK






7.00 OPTIONAL DINNER at Le Gusta restaurant in the Warwick Arts Centre

Mon 18 Apr 2016, 22:18 | Tags: events