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Strangers and Aliens in London and Toronto: Sex, Religion and Xenophobia in Marston's 'The Dutch Courtesan'
Robert Gill Theatre (Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies)
Toronto, ON
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Strangers and Aliens in London and Toronto: Sex, Religion and Xenophobia in Marston's 'The Dutch Courtesan'
Conference Dates and Times:
Friday 22 March, 2019, 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 23 March, 2019, 10 am - 5 pm

KEYNOTE Martin Butler (Leeds), 'The Dutch Courtesan and the Oxford Marston'
KEYNOTE Michael Cordner (York UK), 'The Overlapping Worlds of The Dutch Courtesan'
Lucy Munro (King's College London), 'Marston, The Dutch Courtesan, and Theatrical Profit'
Sophie Tomlinson (Auckland), 'Reading Lording Barry, The Family of Love, with The Dutch Courtesan
Plus panels of speakers from open calls for papers.

Description: The urban landscape of The Dutch Courtesan presents London as a city that prides itself on being multicultural and cosmopolitan while also feeling deeply anxious about the place of strangers within its urban landscape. The main plot deals with the treatment of a foreign sex worker whose otherness is partly established through her accent; the sub-plot follows two members of a distrusted religious minority as they are tricked and abused, presumably for the audiences entertainment. The plays concerns with otherness, gender, sex, religion, and foreignness are all tied to the context of the early 17th century, but are also powerfully resonant in 21st century Toronto. This conference is part of a Performance-as-Research project that draws on rehearsal and performance work to unearth exciting discoveries about Marston's play that will shape how we study, teach, and edit early modern drama. We are particularly interested in exploring the connections we can make between early modern drama and our modern world. The conference includes a performance workshop with members of the cast and the production director. Extended project outreach includes a rehearsal workshop on 23 February, a special RSA preview of the production, an online archive of conference papers and production resources, and a new edition of the play by Erin Julian and Helen Ostovich as part of Oxford University Presss The Complete Works of John Marston (gen. eds Martin Butler and Matthew Steggle).

We gratefully acknowledge support from SSHRC, the University of Toronto, the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Poculi Ludique Societas, McMaster University, and Edwards Boys.


Robert Gill Theatre (Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies) (View)
214 College St
Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9


Education > Conventions

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Poculi Ludique Societas
On BPT Since: Mar 29, 2017
Poculi Ludique Societas

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