n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Staging Shakespeare : direction, design and reception
The 8th Triennial Conference of the Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa (2-5 July 2012)

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



This conference set out to explore the inter-disciplinary potential of Shakespeare studies by drawing theatre practitioners and performance critics into closer dialogue with academic Shakespeareans. The three-day event, which took place in Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival, succeeded in stimulating a wide range of concerns and some fresh insights. Most of those attending agreed that it had been an enjoyable conference, creating new cross-disciplinary perceptions and unusual approaches. The performance emphasis was reflected in the participation of scholars who were also actors, directors and designers, in the widespread use of photographs, film and production videos to illustrate elements of interpretation, design and staging, and in the inclusion of a final panel session on the quality of reviewing and criticism in South African publications.

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