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.






  1. I very much enjoyed your blog, Tympan and Frisket. I am working on a history book-blog of my own, which can be seen at [one word] theoryofirony.com, then clicking on either the “sample chapter” or “blog” buttons at the top. My Rube Goldberg brain asks with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic: Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? Art. Literature. Science. Military. Religion. I call this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony and if your busy schedule permits, give a read, leave a comment or create a link. In any event, best of luck with your own endeavors.

    P.S. It concerns Classical, Medieval and Modern eras.

    1. Thanks for your comment! I look forward to checking out your blog.

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