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New Shakespearean play devised by Brookes academic

Thursday, 13 July 2017

New Shakespearean play devised by Brookes academic

Dr Katharine Craik's essay on ‘The Marina Project’, co-authored with Professor Ewan Fernie of the Shakespeare Institute, will soon be published in a book entitled New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity (Arden Bloomsbury).

The essay looks at the work undertaken during ‘The Marina Project’ in April last year. Based at the newly re-launched studio theatre The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, the project involved a series of Research and Development workshops with Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) practitioners. The workshops developed Katharine and Ewan's new play, Marina, a response to Shakespeare's lesser known work, Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

Marina aims to integrate creative and academic practice to forge a new kind of theatrical experience. The play is now in development with the RSC, and further work is planned to document the project's collaborative approach to theatre-making and research.

Speaking about the experience, Katharine said "Introducing Marina to our RSC cast and director felt like opening a tinderbox next to a box of matches. The team’s exceptional creative openness showed us what research can be at its best: a vivid, challenging, spontaneous, unpredictable process which draws inescapably from life itself."

You can read more here about Katharine and Ewan’s collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company at ‘The Other Place’.