Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor

The Actors are Come Hither : the Performance of Tragedy in a Secure Psychiatric Hospital Murray Cox ... Shakespearean drama as played out in constructive fantasy is real to those detained in Broadmoor . The realm of fantasy and reality ...

Author: Murray Cox

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1853021350

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 282

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Between 1989 and 1991 several of Shakespeare's tragedies were performed in the central hall of Broadmoor Hospital. This book sets these important events on record. It offers insights into the impact of such drama, in such a setting, upon actors and audience. It includes interviews with the directors and the actors playing the title roles, as well as a description of the hospital and its community of patients and staff. The performances were given by actors from The Royal Shakespeare Company (Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet), The Royal National Theatre (King Lear) and the Wilde Community Theatre Company, a local amateur drama group (Measure for Measure). An account is given of `workshops' which took place after the performances. And a collage of comment, by actors and audience, is presented as a stream of corporate consciousness. The final section of the book has a more academic timbre, including chapters on performance and projective possibilities, the nature and scope of dramatherapy, and contributions on the place of drama in custodial settings by specialists from a variety of disciplines.


At the time , dramatherapy was not practised at Broadmoor but the hospital had supported various artistic ... by the Royal Shakespeare and Royal National Theatres , described at length in Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor ( Cox 1992 ) .

Author: Sue Jennings

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415131405

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

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Brings you up-to-date with the latest developments in dramatherapy. Shows how dramatherapy is evolving its own theory, methodology and models for assessment and supervision. Twenty-nine international contributors.

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance

Many of the patients quoted in Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor say as much: 'Why did that old git there, the old man, frighten me like my father used to?' asked one; 'I found the production so powerful that I had to leave', said another, ...

Author: James C. Bulman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191510823

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 656

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Shakespearean performance criticism has undergone a sea change in recent years, and strong tides of discovery are continuing to shift the contours of the discipline. The essays in this volume, written by scholars from around the world, reveal how these critical cross-currents are influencing the ways we now view Shakespeare in performance. The volume is organised in four Parts. Part I interrogates how Shakespeare continues to achieve contemporaneity for Western audiences by exploring modes of performance, acting styles, and aesthetic choices regarded as experimental. Part II tackles the burgeoning field of reception: how and why audiences respond to performances as they do, or actors to the conditions in which they perform; how immersive productions turn spectators into actors; how memory and cognition shape and reshape the performances we think we saw. Part III addresses the ways in which revolutions in technology have altered our views of Shakespeare, both through the mediums of film and sound recording, and through digitalizing processes that have generated a profound reconsideration of what performance is and how it is accessed. The final Part grapples with intercultural Shakespeare, considering not only matters of cultural hegemony and appropriation in a 'global' importation of non-Western productions to Europe and North America, but also how Shakespeare has been made 'local' in performances staged or filmed in African, Asian, and Latin American countries. Together, these ground-breaking essays attest to the richness and diversity of Shakespearean performance criticism as it is practiced today, and they point the way to critical continents not yet explored.

Prison Shakespeare and the Purpose of Performance Repentance Rituals and the Early Modern

The result was an extraordinary book about the Shakespearean theater, about the nature of acting and about actors and ... Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor is really about how the actors themselves were changed by their encounters with the ...

Author: N. Herold

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137432674

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

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Over the last decade a number of prison theatre programs have developed to rehabilitate inmates by having them perform Shakespearean adaptations. This book focuses on how prison theatre today reveals certain elements of the early modern theatre that were themselves responses to cataclysmic changes in theological doctrine and religious practice.

Shakespeare Inside

There are others, in England, for instance, like Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor, organized in the 19805 by psychotherapist Murray Cox, dramatherapist Sue Jennings and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). In addition to the Broadmoor ...

Author: Amy Scott-Douglass

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441127273

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Shakespeare Inside goes behind the scenes to reveal Shakespeare at work in the most decisive institutional context of our time - in prisons. Based upon the author's experience of watching prison yard rehearsals and performances, and interviewing inmates, program directors, and wardens, Shakespeare Inside is not an objective, dispassionate account of how Shakespeare is bastardized by repressive institutions but offers a record of fiercely personal experiences. We hear ex-offender Mike Smith detail how playing Desdemona was vital to his rehabilitation; we sit in the audience of women inmates as they respond to the all-male Shakespeare Behind Bars touring production of Julius Caesar; and we listen to a chorus of unnamed voices explain how rewriting Hamlet helps them to survive solitary confinement. Shakespeare Inside probes any assumptions we might have about Shakespeare's performative function and asks what - if anything - is the proper place of Shakespeare in today's society.

The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Social Justice

(1992), Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor: The Performance of Tragedy in a Secure Psychiatric Hospital, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. This book presents an account of the putative 'healing' nature of Shakespeare's work, ...

Author: David Ruiter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350140370

Category: Drama

Page: 352

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The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Social Justice is a wide-ranging, authoritative guide to research on Shakespeare and issues of social justice and arts activism by an international team of leading scholars, directors, arts activists, and educators. Across four sections it explores the relevance and responsibility of art to the real world ? to the significant teaching and learning, performance and practice, theory and economies that not only expand the discussion of literature and theatre, but also open the gates of engagement between the life of the mind and lived experience. The collection draws from noted scholars, writers and practitioners from around the globe to assert the power of art to question, disrupt and re-invigorate both the ties that bind and the barriers that divide us. A series of interviews with theatre practitioners and scholars opens the volume, establishing an initial portfolio of areas for research, exploration, and change. In Section 2 'The Practice of Shakespeare and Social Justice' contributors examine Shakespeare's place and possibilities in intervening on issues of race, class, gender and sexuality. Section 3 'The Performance of Shakespeare and Social Justice' traces Shakespeare and social justice in multiple global contexts; engaging productions grounded in the politics of Mexico, India, South Africa, China and aspects of Asian politics broadly, this section illuminates the burgeoning field of global production while keeping as a priority the political structures that make advocacy and resistance possible. The last section on 'Economies of Shakespeare' describes socio-economic and community issues that come to light in Shakespeare, and their potential to catalyse ongoing discussion and change in respect to wealth, distribution, equity, and humanity. An annotated bibliography provides further guidance to those researching the subject.

Shakespeare Survey

As a Consultant Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital , he has been the driving force behind a series of actors ... he has now edited an account of these occasions , Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor ( London and Philadelphia , 1992 ) .

Author: Stanley Wells

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521523850

Category: Drama

Page: 280

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The first fifty volumes of this yearbook of Shakespeare studies are being reissued in paperback.

Alien Landscapes

More than a decade before the interviews in Broadmoor described in this book, the hospital hosted a remarkable series ... This chapter's title is borrowed from the title of Murray Cox's striking book Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor.

Author: Jonathan Glover

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674368361

Category: Medical

Page: 433

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Do people with mental disorders share enough psychology with other people to make human interpretation possible? Jonathan Glover tackles the hard cases—violent criminals, people with delusions, autism, schizophrenia—to answer affirmatively. He offers values linked with agency and identity to guide how the boundaries of psychiatry should be drawn.

Kingship Madness and Masculinity on the Early Modern Stage

10 Dawson, Shakespeare in Performance, 24. ... 15 Robert Hapgood, “Introduction,” in William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), ... 28 Murray Cox, ed., Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor: ...

Author: Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000461961

Category: History

Page: 242

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Kingship, Madness, and Masculinity examines representations of mad kings in early modern English theatrical texts and performance practices. Although there have been numerous volumes examining the medical and social dimensions of mental illness in the early modern period, and a few that have examined stage representations of such conditions, this volume is unique in its focus on the relationships between madness, kingship, and the anxiety of lost or fragile masculinity. The chapters uncover how, as the early modern understanding of mental illness refocused on human, rather than supernatural, causes, public stages became important arenas for playwrights, actors, and audiences to explore expressions of madness and to practice diagnoses. Throughout the volume, the authors engage with the field of disability studies to show how disability and mental health were portrayed on stage and what those representations reveal about the period and the people who lived in it. Altogether, the essays question what happens when theatrical expressions of madness are mapped onto the bodies of actors playing kings, and how the threat of diminished masculinity affects representations of power. This volume is the ideal resource for students and scholars interested in the history of kingship, gender, and politics in early modern drama.