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Popular Victorian Theatre
Date: 8 July 2010 Time: 11.00 am
Venue: University of Birmingham
As part of our large AHRC-funded collaborative research project on Victorian Pantomime with the University of Birmingham, we are holding a series of colloquia around various topics in nineteenth-century theatre history, particularly pantomime and popular entertainment.
UPDATED WEBSITE HERE: http://www.drama.bham.ac.uk/conferences/sister-arts.shtml
Pantomime was one of the most popular, enduring and influential theatrical forms in Victorian England. It is a given of our national cultural life and has been part of the experience of virtually every generation of English people since the Industrial Revolution. In particular, our project seeks to investigate a series of substantial and significant research questions:
This project will undertake a wide-ranging study of Victorian pantomime in England, looking at pantomime as a rich vein of cultural history and topical commentary about British society and politics in the Victorian period.
Our conference topics will be:
2010: The Popular Theatre and the 'Sister Arts.'
2011: The Cultural Politics of the Victorian Theatre.
2012: Nation and Empire and the Victorian Theatre
Our first meeting, planned for 8-10th July, 2010, is in Birmingham, around the theme of Popular Theatre and the Sister Arts. We aim to bring together scholars working specifically in fields of dance, music, costume, dress and performance history with those generally with research interests in theatre history and nineteenth-century popular culture.
Expressions of interest in this year's, or future events, can be directed to Peter Yeandle, History Department, Lancaster.
Event website: http://www.drama.bham.ac.uk/pantomime.shtml
Who can attend: Anyone
Associated staff: Peter Yeandle
Keywords: History, Performance, Theatre, Theatre and performance, Theatre history, Theatre music, Victorian culture
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