The Conference and Speakers

The Audience Through Time, Saturday 3rd December 2011, 9am – 6.30pm

The conference will consist of the following speakers and panels.  Enrollment is £15 for all, which includes coffee, lunch and a post-event drinks reception.  There will be a small number of places held back for purchase on the day, but due to the limited number of spaces available it is recommended you book online here. Please note that speaker abstracts and some panel line ups are subject to slight change.
Due to the large number of excellent abstracts submitted, we have decided to run parallel panel sessions throughout the day in order to fit everyone in.  Please be aware that this means that you will not be able to see every panel listed below, but will need to choose on the day which ones you most wish to attend.

At the end of the conference at 8pm there is also the chance to attend a performance of Kalagora by Siddhartha Bose, a poet, playwright, performer, and a Leverhulme Fellow in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. The performance will take place on-site in the Pinter Studio and is 50 minutes long.  Delegates can attend for the special price of £3.  Further information can be found here.

Keynote Speech: Professor Tracy C. Davis, Barber Professor of Performing Arts, Professor of English & Theatre, Northwestern University

 Professor Davis is a specialist in performance theory, theatre historiography, and research methodology. She edits the book series Cambridge Studies in Theatre and Performance Theory. She is Director of the Graduate School’s Excellent in Doctoral Mentoring initiative and Chair of Northwestern University Press’s Editorial Board. She is Immediate Past-President of the American Society for Theatre Research and a member of the Board of Directors for Performance Studies international.

Chairperson’s Speech: Dr Bridget Escolme, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Escolme researches and teaches historical theatre and its contemporary production, particularly early modern drama and the ways in which original and current staging practices produce space and subjectivity. Recent published work, particularly Talking to the Audience, has explored the relationship between performer and audience in Shakespeare production; her current research is for a book, Madness and Theatricality, which explores the ways in which current performance conventions reproduce and revision ‘mad’ figures from the theatrical past.


8.30am – 9am: Enrollment in Arts One Building Foyer

9am – 9.40am: Welcome and Chairperson’s Paper in Arts One Lecture Theatre

9.40 – 11.10am: Parallel Panel Sessions as follows

Panel One: Women and Theatre

9.40am – 11.10am, Arts One Lecture Theatre

Chairperson: Professor Jen Harvie; Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Patricia Smyth University of Nottingham Spectatorship in Nineteenth-Century France
Dr Anna Farkas University of Oxford “Fashionable mothers, wealthy godmammas and maiden aunts”: Little Lord Fauntleroy and the female audiences of the late-Victorian theatre
Anna Kretschmer Queen Mary, University of London “Good God, do I see Miss Anville!” : the female spectator in the eighteenth-century theatrical space

Panel Two: Spectatorship and Ethics

9.40 – 11.10, Pinter Studio

Chairperson: Daniel Oliver; Queen Mary, University of London

Professor David Wiles Royal Holloway, University of London The citizen spectator: Eastern and Western assumptions
Dr Alex Gottesman Temple University, Philadelphia ‘The Truest Tragedy’: Citizenship and Spectatorship in Plato’s Laws
Christine Twite Queen Mary, University of London Spectating Culture on Stage: ATC’s The Golden Dragon

11.10am – 11.40am: Tea and Coffee in Rehearsal Room Two

11.40am – 1.10pm: Parallel Panel Sessions as follows

Panel Three: Technology and Liveness

11.40am – 1.10pm, Arts One Lecture Theatre

Chairperson: Toby Harris; Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Aneta Mancewicz Central School of Speech and Drama “That are but mutes or audience to this act”: Creating a Shared Experience of Place, Presence and Past in Two Polish Hamlets (2004, 2006)
Professor Martin Barker Aberystwyth University Catching Audiences in the Act of Changing: the Case of Streamed Performances
Penelope Woods Queen Mary, University of London Meaning Accidentally: Outdoor Performance at the Globe and the Aleatoric Effect

Panel Four: Audience Development and Policy

11.40am – 1.10pm, Pinter Studio

Chairperson: Christine Twite; Queen Mary, University of London

Dr James Doeser Arts Council England ACE Policy and Audience from 1940s to the Present
Claire Robinson University of Birmingham Considering the Audience in late Victorian Manchester
Dr Claire Cochrane University of Worcester Spectatorship and Difference: Regional Producing Theatre and Demographic Change

1.10pm – 2pm: Lunch Provided in Rehearsal Room Two

2pm – 3pm: Tracy C. Davis Keynote Speech in Arts One Lecture Theatre

3pm – 4.30pm: Parallel Panel Sessions as follows

Panel Five: Childhood and Spectatorship

3pm – 4.30pm, Pinter Studio

Chairperson: Joe Hallgarten; The Education Foundation

Dr Helen Freshwater Newcastle University Theatre, fandom, and Web 2.0: Billy Elliot the forum
Jan Wozniak Queen Mary, University of London Reaching Maturity? : Theatre Production and the Developing Child in Adaptations of Shakespeare
Eimear Beardmore Trinity College Dublin The Child Spectator in the 21st Century

Panel Six: The Extra-theatrical Audience

3pm – 4.30pm, Arts One Lecture Theatre

Chairperson: Dr Nicholas Ridout; Queen Mary, University of London

Professor  Jim Davis University  of Warwick Hoaxes and Fires: Extra-theatrical Spectatorship in nineteenth-century London
John W. Powell Jr. Pennsylvania State Spectatorship and Mass Audience in Ancient Maya Society
Clare Butcher Queen Mary, University of London A mirror for princes: James I as audience in early Jacobean rule

4.30pm – 5pm: Break

5pm – 6.30pm: Parallel Panel Sessions as follows

Panel Seven: Participation and Spectatorship

5pm – 6.30pm, Arts One Lecture Theatre

Chairperson: Dr Margherita Laera; Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Laurie Maguire University of Oxford Audience-Actor Boundaries in Othello
Professor Rachel Fensham University of Surrey The postdramatic spectator: participate or else
Rachel Gomme Queen Mary, University of London ‘Sculpting in time’: The experience of material temporality in durational performance

Panel Eight: The Public Sphere

5pm – 6.30pm, Pinter Studio

Chairperson: Anna Kretschmer; Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Christopher Balme University of Munich Locating the theatrical public sphere
Andrea Young University of Liverpool ‘Buske you, bolde bachelerys, undyr my baner to abyde’; spectatorship and the use of banners in The Castle of Perseverance
Kirsty Sedgman Aberystwyth University  ‘Almost no theatre history to speak of’: The long development and new audiences of National Theatre Wales

6.30pm – 7.30pm: Wine Reception in Rehearsal Room Two

8pm: Optional Event: KALAGORA in the Pinter Studio


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