REGISTRATION IS OPEN! And Elizabeth Schafer’s plenary title and abstract!

Happy Monday, everyone! We’re delighted to announce that registration for #NRNMarkingTime is now OPEN!

You can register here via Eventbrite.

Attendance at the symposium is free. Lunch can be provided for attendees for a fee of £4.50, payable on the day of the event. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like us to provide lunch for you, and if you have any dietary requirements!

We’re also delighted to share Professor Elizabeth Schafer’s plenary title and abstract ahead of #NRNMarkingTime. See below, and get excited!

‘Slipping Through My Fingers’: Adventures in Marking Time

In 1999 Mamma Mia repositioned ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ – Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson’s lament for the passing of time – and brought that song to new audiences. The potential layering of time in this song’s new manifestation(s) will be explored alongside the impact of Mamma Mia in enabling Phyllida Lloyd’s anachronistic, all women Shakespeares. Early modern theatre practices that attempt to mitigate against time ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ such as Caroline playwright Richard Brome scoring his play texts for readers; Ben Jonson’s invention of – ; contrast with the creative anachronism of Shakespeare’s Romans who wear doublets (or women’s prison boilersuits) and who demonstrate some of the pleasures of historically intercultural performance.

Stay tuned for more details about the symposium soon…

The NRN symposium has a keynote speaker!

matthew-reason

We are very excited to announce that Prof. Matthew Reason (York St John University) will be the keynote speaker at our symposium this June! (That sound you hear is the entire NRN committee collectively emitting squeals of joy.)

Prof. Reason’s research interests largely concern audiences, theatre for children, liveness, performance documentation, and reflective practice — some of which are very pertinent concerns for our symposium this year. He is the author of Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children’s Experiences of Theatre (Trentham Books, 2010). You can read more about his work here. In fact, the title of our symposium derives from his New Theatre Quarterly article, ‘Archive or Memory? The Detritus of Live Performance’, which we all thoroughly recommend you should read. (It is indeed very good.)

We’re very excited to hear him speak at the symposium this year, and we hope you are too! Get those abstracts in!