Imaginative Genius: Spectators on Stage at Shakespeare's Playhouses & Bristol's Old Vic

Imaginative Genius: Spectators on Stage at Shakespeare's Playhouses & Bristol's Old Vic

by Mark Howell

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ISBN-13: 9780992643713
Publisher: Mark Howell
Publication date: 12/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

The first person in his family to enter University, Mark Howell has always been a performer of plays (and musicals and dance). In 1979, Hampshire County Council paid Mark's daily travel costs to Basingstoke where he had the privilege of being educated at Principal Eric Macfarlane's Queen Mary's College (QMC). QMC contained one of the first purpose-built theatres in England with spectators on three sides: Central Studio. Modelled on the Cockpit Theatre & with cushioned benches, not seats, Mark later learned Shakespeare also staged plays with spectators on three sides. At QMC Mark learned the thesis of this book from his inspiring Theatre Studies & Improvisation teachers, Gareth Thomas and Ew Thomas: spectators on three sides heighten imaginative play performances. Mark spent two years, aged 16 to 18, seeing plays performed by and partaking in twice-termly workshops with some of the most important professional fringe theatre companies of the day (include EMMA Dance, Prospect, Trestle & ATC). After gaining a First Class Degree in Drama (Theatre), he went on to join other ex-QMC performers in the 1985 Fringe First Award Winning production of The Odyssey. Mark later went on to become a full-time teacher. At Bristol University, Mark researched extensive primary sources for a PhD submission about eighteenth-century play performance that focussed on Liberty & Bristol's Old Vic. This, and research at Kingston University, included performances of Garrick's Miss in her Teens (1747) staged at the Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond, Yorkshire, & The London Merchant (1731), The King & The Miller of Mansfield (1737), Colman younger's Inkle & Yarico (1787) and Elizabeth Inchbald's The Midnight Hour (1787) staged in spaces modelled on it. Though working full-time as a secondary teacher for twenty years and founding three still-thriving Departments of Drama, Mark also delivered workshops for University Undergraduates (Stony Brook, Kingston, and Bristol) and led an Adult-Education Summer Course at Hofstra University. Since giving up teaching, Mark remains devoted to two children, Severine & Sebastien and his lovely wife, Jacquie.

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