Teaching, marking, and working hard to draft an introduction and chapter have all come before blogging, so posts have been sparse. Recently, though, I and some colleagues have had some good news about a project we’re working on: Catalyst Exeter has provided money from their seed fund to fund a local dramatic research project!
Staging Exeter explores the performance spaces of medieval and early modern Exeter, and hopes to recreate and revive those texts for a modern audience. Working with local and student actors, we will enact sections of morality plays, masques, and drama performed or likely to have been performed in Exeter. Performances will include public flashmobs and a final performance at the city’s Guildhall. Through weekly rehearsals and discussions, the project will address various aspects and interpretations of these texts, acknowledging historical considerations while applying modern social and dramatic concerns. The project hopes to explore what early modern playing spaces and texts can mean in 21st-century Exeter, and what 21st-century Exeter can bring to those spaces and texts.
Please visit our blog at http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/stagingexeter