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Finding a new aesthetic: Shakespearean performance in the UK in the 21st Century

This project can be seen as divided in to three clear objectives: to determine whether or not David Mamet/ William H Macy's 'Practical Aesthetics' can be applied sucessfully to Shakespearean text; to explore the extent to which placing scenes from these plays ['The Winter's Tale', 'Twelth Night', 'Hamlet'] in different performance scenarios changes their meanings and character dynamics; and, using the textual analysis from the pragmatic approach already employed as a grounding, investigate how the techniques of various influential contemporary artists/theatre-makers can be used to clarify and make more accessible the meanings and character intentions of the often dense verse form.