Extended deadline (31 October 2014) World Shakespeare Congress 2016

The extended deadline for submissions to the World Shakespeare Congress 2016 is 31 October. It will take place at London and Stratford-upon-Avon from 31 July to 6 August 2016 on the theme of  ‘Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare’.

From the website:

The year 2016 marks four hundred years of popular, artistic, and scholarly enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s life and works. We justly celebrate Shakespeare as a creator of plays and poems, characters and ideas, words and worlds. But so too, in the centuries since the playwright’s death in 1616, have scholars and thinkers, writers, artists, and performers—of all kinds and from around the globe—re-created him. In such perpetual reinventions of Shakespeare we seem to have confirmation of Ben Jonson’s words: Shakespeare was “not of an age, but for all time”.

The tenth World Shakespeare Congress of the International Shakespeare Association will honour Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy and celebrate the continuing global resonance of his work. The Congress’s rich programme of plenary lectures, seminars, panels, workshops, events, and performances will take place across two successive locations: first in Stratford-upon-Avon, among the key sites of Shakespeare’s personal life; and subsequently in London, close to the site of his most famous workplace, the Globe theatre. WSC 2016 will offer unparalleled opportunities to engage with current Shakespeare performance, criticism, and pedagogy, and to connect with fellow Shakespeareans from around the world.

The Congress organisers welcome proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and other events (including performances and other creative responses) relating to any aspect of Shakespeare’s work, life, and continuing legacy.

Proposals of 500 words for seminars, panels, and workshops may be submitted to wsc2016@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Workshops and seminars should be co-hosted with at least one other delegate. The Congress is an international event, and, as such, potential co-hosts are strongly encouraged to collaborate with delegates from other countries or geographical regions. Proposers will understand that there will be more space for seminars than panels on the conference programme.

Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2014

Those submitting proposals should ensure that their membership of the ISA is current.

Financial donations to the World Shakespeare Congress are greatly appreciated. All such donations will be used to provide grant subsidies for early-career scholars and delegates from countries with less competitive economies. For further information please write to isa@shakespeare.org.uk

Theatre: In Acting Shakespeare, Pavilion Dun Laoghaire, 16 October

In Acting Shakespeare, a free adaptation by James DeVita of Ian McKellen’s play, will be performed at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, on Thursday 16 October at 8pm. Tickets are €18/16.


From the Pavilion theatre’s website, where you can also watch video clips:

In Acting Shakespeare

Pemberley Productions and The Lime Tree Theatre

Written by and Starring James DeVita
Freely adapted from the play “In Acting Shakespeare”, compiled and written by Sir Ian McKellen
On tour from the USA and direct from Off-Broadway comes the funny, touching and uplifting story of one man’s discovery of Shakespeare, acting and language.
Based on Sir Ian McKellen’s “Performing Shakespeare”, James DeVita tells his own story of a young fisherman searching for a new career.
“A good one-man show leaves the audience wanting more, which is exactly what happens.”
The Huffington Post
“In Acting Shakespeare is a splendid, delightfully personal comedic concoction”
James DeVita’s fun, fervent tribute to his journey with the world’s greatest poet deftly weaves Shakespeare’s life with reminiscences of James’ own days on a Long Island fishing boat (and nights as a classical actor).

Shakespeare for Schools



The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland – is offering your students a brand new and unique programme. Introduce your students to the world of Shakespeare long before they enter Post Primary School Shakespeare level.

Shakespeare Primary Schools Programme is aimed at Primary students, covering a Shakespeare play, with a post performance session focusing on creating and designing your own version of the play with the opportunity to interact with the cast and crew, and learn about acting, directing, lighting and much more.

Experience an abridged version of a Shakespeare play, approx 40mins, all in Dublin’s oldest & newest theatre, Smock Alley Theatre. Explore the workings of a real theatre by visiting backstage, meeting the actors, director and tech team.This Programme endeavours to be a fun and engaging first experience of Shakespeare that students will never forget.

This unique opportuinity is open to all Primary School students during the school day.

Dates: 10th-12th February 2015

Cost: € 10.00 per student (Teachers complimentary)

Booking infooutreach.admin@gaietyschool.com

Information from the Gaiety website here

If you have any questions or wish to speak directly to our Programme Co-Ordinator please contact The Gaiety School of Acting on 01 6799277 or kate.canning@gaietyschool.com

Screening: Prince of the Himalayas (Hamlet)

Being Human

Prince of the Himalayas

Directed by Sherwood Hu (2006)

Monday 17 November 2014
Queen’s Film Theatre, 2.00 pm
A Chinese adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set in Tibet
UK premiere Q+A with director Dr Sherwood Hu (Shanghai Film Academy)

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20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1PA
Free Admission

Reception 5.00pm

More info here

With thanks to Mark Thornton Burnett

Irish Renaissance Seminar, 22 November, UCD

The next meeting of the Irish Renaissance Seminar will be held at UCD on 22 November on the theme of “Renaissance Pedagogies”. Further details to follow soon.

The Irish Renaissance Seminar meets twice a year, bringing together academics and postgraduates from across the island of Ireland working on early modern literary studies. If you’ve just started a new position or fellowship in Ireland or are a new Masters or PhD student, you are particularly welcome and it would be great to see you there. Please leave a comment or send an email if you’d like to know more.


Globe on Screen: Macbeth, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 11 October

The Shakespeare’s Globe production of Macbeth will be screened at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 11 October at 8pm. Tickets are €7.50/6.50 and can be booked at the theatre website.

From the website:


By William Shakespeare – Globe On Screen

Dir: Eve Best | 2014 | UK | 155 mins | Cert: PG | Language: English
Starring: Moyo Akandé, Geoff Aymer, Bette Bourne, Stuart Bowman, Billy Boyd, Jonathan Chambers, Philip Cumbus, Gawn Grainger, Harry Hepple, Joseph Millson, Jess Murphy, Colin Ryan, Cat Simmons, Samantha Spiro, Finty Williams
“superb fresh-minted performances” ★★★★ The Telegraph
“a chilling, compellingly twisted sense of the absurd” ★★★★ Sunday Telegraph
“marvellous” The Observer
When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.
From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches’ prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.
Please Note:
Duration: 155 mins incl. 15 min interval