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English PGR Seminar Series: Erin Sullivan – Thursday 12 October
12th October 2017 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pmFree
You are warmly invited to the English Postgraduate Research Seminar with Dr Erin Sullivan. The event takes place Thursday 12th October at 5.15 in the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Mile End campus. All are welcome.
‘The audience is present: aliveness, social media, and the theatre broadcast experience’
This talk explores the nature of audience presence in an era of theatre broadcasts and live streams. Looking back at debates about liveness and performance, the talk makes the case for the related, though distinctive, quality of ‘aliveness’. It then investigates how the use of social media, and in particular Twitter, might help create such aliveness through a consideration of two case studies: the 2016 cinema broadcast of Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet and the 2016 online stream of the Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Erin Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer and Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Her work focuses on the relationship between emotion, culture, and identity, both in Shakespeare’s time and today. She is the co-editor of The Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (2015), Shakespeare on the Global Stage: Performance and Festivity in the Olympic Year (2015), and the author of Beyond Melancholy: Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England (2016). She’s currently working on a book about Shakespeare, theatre, and digital technology.