free to use chess 3Draft Programme (subject to minor changes)*

* Paper titles are provisional.

Saturday 4th July 2015

  • 9.15am-9.50am: Arrivals and coffee (Room: Lg45)
  • 9.50am-10.00am: Welcome (Steve Orman – CCCU) (Room: Lg16)
  • 10.00am-11.00am: Keynote paper: Professor Michelle O’Callaghan (University of Reading), “Libel on Stage: A Game at Chess”. (Room: Lg16)
  • 11.00am-11. 15am: Tea and Coffee Break (Room: Lg45)
  • 11.15am-12.30pm: 2 x 30 minute academic papers. Dr Alexander Samson (UCL), “Representing Elizabeth I in Early Modern Spain”. Richard Eales (Former Head of History at University of Kent), Why Chess? – Middleton’s Game and Games in Seventeenth Century England”. (Room: Lg16)
  • 12.30pm-1.15pm:  Lunch (not provided)
  • 1.15pm-2.30pm: 2 x 30 minute academic papers. Dr Sarah Olive (York), “Teaching non-Shakespearean Early Modern Drama”. Nora Williams (Exeter), “Performing Texts/Texts for Performance: A Game at Chess and early modern dramatic manuscripts”. (Room: Lg16)
  • 2.30pm-2.45pm: Tea and Coffee break (Room: Lg45)
  • 2.45pm-5.45pm: Script-in-hand performance of ‘A Game at Chess’ by professionally trained actors. Directed by Robert F. Ball (Artistic Director, FRED Theatre). Venue: St. Gregory’s Centre. + 15 minute interval after Act 3.
  • 5.45pm-6.15pm: Roundtable discussion of the play (where the audience get to join in the discussion and ask questions).

We are grateful for the generous financial support of Canterbury Christ Church University, the Society for Renaissance Studies, and the Royal Historical Society.

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