• Shakespeare on Radio: who is it for?

    Author(s):
    Andrea Smith (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Postgraduate Research Symposium
    Conf. Org.:
    University of East Anglia, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
    Conf. Loc.:
    Online
    Conf. Date:
    15/06/2020-19/06/2020
    Tag(s):
    bbc, Broadcast history, Broadcasting, Radio, Shakespeare
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/9mqv-7n96
    Abstract:
    For nearly a century people have been able to hear Shakespeare’s plays on the radio. But for nearly as long a debate has raged over the purpose of these broadcasts and whether they should be for entertainment or education. Are they aimed at those who already know the works or are they an introduction for the uninitiated? There has also been an assumption that ‘Radio Shakespeare’ cannot serve more than one purpose simultaneously. This paper will look at some of the productions that have been deemed to fail as ‘Shakespeare’ – but succeed as drama, as well as those that have been backed by academics but not by listeners.
    Notes:
    Part of Panel 1: Material Evidence: Reconsidering Medieval and Early-Modern Sources. Video presentation online (accessible only within the UEA) from 15 June 2020, with a written discussion forum running for a week. Live discussion via Microsoft Teams on 19 June 2020.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 years ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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