I am Research Fellow on the “Before Shakespeare” project, based at the University of Roehampton. The project focusses on the first thirty years of the Elizabethan playhouses in London, from 1565-95.
Alongside the Before Shakespeare project, my research connects the spaces of performance with wider cultural developments, particularly philosophical scepticism—and the enquiries and doubts it generates—and “scientific” and technological invention. I am particularly interested in John Webster, Thomas Heywood, and Shakespeare’s “late plays” and am currently extending my work on the concept of “strangeness” as a dramatic style in the 1600s and 1610s.
I recently completed my AHRC-funded doctorate, at the University of Exeter, on stage devices, technology, and “strangeness” in Jacobean drama. Thesis title: “Strange Devices on the Jacobean Stage: Image, Spectacle, and the Materialisation of Morality.”
This blog hosts a casual record of thoughts, discoveries, and observations about the culture of early modern England.