‘Her infinite variety’: women’s creativity in audio Shakespeare

Smith, Andrea (2023) ‘Her infinite variety’: women’s creativity in audio Shakespeare. In: British Shakespeare Association Conference, 25-28 July 2023, University of Liverpool. (Unpublished)

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Women have been presenting Shakespeare for radio audiences since the birth of broadcasting. The very first full-length radio play on British radio – Twelfth Night – was adapted, produced and directed by a woman, and women have played a significant role in the continuing presence of Shakespeare on our airwaves over the last hundred years, frequently bringing the perspective of Shakespeare’s female characters to the fore. This paper will look at some of the most significant productions and the women behind them. It will examine the changes they have made to the texts and the impact these have had, and it will show that women are now at the heart of the audio Shakespeare world. The small amount of critical work in this field has largely foregrounded male producers: this paper will show that many of the most pioneering broadcasts since that initial production in 1923 have been by women.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This paper was part of the conference seminar: 'Women Reading, Editing, and Adapting Shakespeare' which took place on 25 July 2023.
Uncontrolled Keywords: broadcasting, drama, English literature
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Andrea Smith
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2023 13:11
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2023 13:11
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3240

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