Colloque “Past on Stage”

Colloque “The Past is Back on Stage – Medieval and Early Modern England on the Contemporary Stage”

Du vendredi 19 mai 2017 au samedi 20 mai 2017

Salle des colloques 1 Site Saint-Charles
University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France
Colloque organisé par Marianne Drugeon ( avec le soutien du RADAC (Recherches sur les Arts Dramatiques Anglophones)

9.15 Introductory talks: Christine Reynier (Director of EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France) and Marianne Drugeon (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France)

9.30 Keynote lecture

Chair Graham Saunders (University of Birmingham, UK)

David Edgar (Playwright, UK), Plenary Speaker, Re-forming the Reformation: by Bolt, Brenton, Poulton and me.


10.30 Break

The History of the Tudors on the Stage

Chair Graham Saunders (University of Birmingham, UK)

11.00 Terri Baker (Mount Royal University, Canada), Thomas Cromwell, “the calmest person in any room, the best man in a crisis:” the Rescue of Cromwell in BBC and RSC’s Wolf Hall.

11.25 Catriona Fallow (University of Birmingham, UK), The “What ifs” of History: Howard Brenton at Shakespeare’s Globe.

11.50 Banu Öğünç (Aksaray Üniveristesi, Turkey), Howard Barker’s Brutopia: History in Politics, Politics in History.

12.15 -12.30 Questions



Musical Echoes

Chair Alexandra Poulain (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France)

2.00 Patrick Moran (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France), “On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.” The Enduring Popularity of King Arthur in Contemporary Musical Theatre.

2.25 Richard O’Brien (University of Birmingham, UK), ‘Welcome to the Renaissance/Where everything is new’: Finding Ourselves in Dramatisations of Theatrical History

2.50 Elisabeth Angel-Perez (Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4), France), Martin Crimp’s Eaten Hearts:  Reinventing Dialectical Theatre (about Into the Little Hill and Written on Skin).

2.50-3.00 Questions

3.00 Break

History and Community

Chair Avishek Ganguly (Rhode Island School of Design, US)

3.35 Orde Levinson (Stage director, UK), The Rialto Dialogues, Shakespeare’s Heroic Jew

4.00 Stephanie Dale (Playwright, UK) and David Edgar (Playwright, UK), Walking with Ghosts

4.25-4.45 Panel Discussion with the playwrights and stage directors – Respondent Marianne Drugeon (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France)


Shakespeare on the Contemporary Stage


For Young audiences

Chair Elisabeth Angel-Perez (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France)

9.00 Sara Reimers (Royal Holloway University of London, UK), “O this learning, what a thing it is!”: Adapting The Taming of the Shrew for young audiences.

9.25 Maria Elena Capitani (Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy), Re-Membering the Bard: David Greig’s and Liz Lochhead’s Revisionary Reminiscences of The Tempest.

9.50 Simona Elena Bonelli (Cardiff University, UK), “Pick up your paper and pens”: rewriting the death of Cinna.

10.15-10.30 Questions

10.30 Break

By Modern Playwrights

Chair Agnès Lafont (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France)

11.00 Guillaume Fargas (Université de Picardie, France), Shakespeare et Koltès, un héritage neutre.

11.25 Alexandra Poulain (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France), “Shut up and listen, Historian!” Femi Osofisan’s Tegonni: An African Antigone and Wesoo, Hamlet!, or The Resurrection of Hamlet.

11.50-12.00 Questions



Through the Lens of Theatre Companies

Chair Florence March (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France)

2.00 Pascale Sardin (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, France), Ironic Intermedialities in Rupert Goold’s Richard III (Almeida Theatre, June-August 2016).

2.25 Frank Widar Brevik (Savannah State University, US), “The Past is Prologue”: Tara Arts’ 2008 Presentist Tempest.

2.50 Giselle Garcia (University of Exeter, UK), A Performance Analysis of “Mousetrap: The Anti-Hamlet”.

3.15-3.30 Questions

3.30 Closing Discussion with all the participants

4.00 End of the Conference