Tapping into the wealth of knowledge that resides in the University of Chester, our annual University at the Festival strand gives lecturers the chance to share their expertise with new audiences. This year, the mix of subjects is more diverse than ever, including the significance of a single month in 1871, Hilary Mantel’s work and a new manifesto for French leftists. These talks are free, unique and always fascinating.
A consideration of early modern staging of Shakespeare’s plays and how it was that Elizabethan and Jacobean acting companies created theatre. DR Graham Atkin’s talk will look at three distinct areas: the fabric of the theatres, the body on the stage, and the sensory stage (sounds, smells, touch and taste, and spectacle). Student actors from the University will assist in illustrating some of the material.