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This Element provides the first in-depth study of the present-day all-boy company, Edward's Boys, who are based at King Edward VI School ('Shakespeare's School') in Stratford-upon-Avon. Since 2005, the company has produced a wide array of early modern plays, providing the most substantial repertory of early modern drama available for examination by scholars. The Element provides a comprehensive account of the company's practices, drawing on extensive rehearsal and performance observation, evidence from the company's archive, and interviews with actors and key company personnel. The Element takes account of the company's particular educational and strongly interpersonal environment, suggesting that these factors have a distinctive shaping force on their performance practice. In the hands of Edward's Boys, the Element argues, early modern drama becomes the source of company creation, ensemble practice, and virtuosic physical play, inviting us to reimagine what it means – and takes – to perform these plays today.
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‘[a] lively, engrossing volume …’ Adèle Mignard, Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Journal of English Renaissance StudiesSee more reviews
‘… a useful reminder that there is more to early modern drama than Shakespeare.’ Adèle Mignard, Cahiers Elisabethains
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- Date Published: November 2020
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108810234
- length: 75 pages
- dimensions: 178 x 122 x 5 mm
- weight: 0.1kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. From Prosthetics to Practice: Forming a Company
2. 'Making the Script Work': The Actors and the Text
3. The Text on its Feet: Encountering the Past, Embodying the Present
4. 'More of a Sports Team than a Theatre Company': The Ensemble in Performance
Appendix: Edward's Boys Productions, 2005-20.
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