Monday 6 February 2012, 5.30PM
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cordner and Professor Mary Luckhurst
Shakespeare's scripts make severe, and ever changing, demands upon their players. Yet contemporary Shakespearean scholarship pays little attention to his persistent experiments with verse as a medium for drama, and the challenges those experiments pose to his performers. In his lecture Michael Cordner explores the advice offered by a variety of experts to contemporary actors as they prepare to rehearse a role in one of his plays.
Why are theatre and film directors currently obsessed with staging real lives? What are the challenges of performing the lives of the celebrated? Can a stage performance ever capture the detail of biography/autobiography? Mary Luckhurst reflects on these questions, examining the philosophies of various actors, including Colin Firth, Michael Sheen and Cate Blanchett.
Location: The Theatre, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, Heslington East Campus, University of York
Admission: All welcome. Drinks reception to follow.
Telephone: 01904 325220