The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy @ Kings Cross Theatre, London

As weekends go, this last one was pretty Shakespeare-heavy. Saturday involved a 6:30am start, an early train to London, and many hours spent in the auditorium of the Donmar’s temporary Kings Cross Theatre. I was a YOUNG+FREE ticket-holder for the company’s first Shakespeare Trilogy performance, and I was ready for some serious Shakespeare. Three plays in a single day,…

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My PhD: The First Fortnight

I’ve now been a PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute for two whole weeks. It’s gone so quickly; every day has had something new and exciting to keep me busy. Here’s a little insight into what I’ve been up to so far… Welcome events at the Institute At the Institute, we know how to kick…

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Reflections at 40,000 Feet

The last few weeks have been totally bonkers.   Since I last posted, I’ve completed on a house purchase, moved in, and got stuck into redecorating. I’ve been to a wedding in Mississippi and sampled some of the many delights that New Orleans has to offer (beignets, anyone? <3). Throughout all of this I was…

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Food for Thought

I love food. Thinking about it usually occupies a pretty significant portion of my brain. If I’m not day-dreaming about potential meals for the rest of the day, I’m probably browsing photos of baked goods on Pinterest. My mum frequently reminds me that eating has long been a prominent interest of mine: I was born ‘just in…

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Romeo and Juliet: Live-Streamed from the Garrick Theatre, London

Last night, I went to see the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s (KBTC) live-streamed production of Romeo and Juliet at my local cinema. I enjoyed it. Lily James made a great Juliet, the action was freshened up by new interpretations of all-too familiar scenes (e.g. balcony scene + alcohol = funnies), and the influence of film noir made…

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The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

Originally posted on Princeps:
My name is Ella Hawkins, and I’m currently completing an MA in Shakespeare and Theatre at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute. During the course of my studies, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved with one of the most important events in the Shakespeare and Renaissance scholarship calendar: I was…

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‘The Winter’s Tale’ Ballet @ the Royal Opera House

It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks. Since I last posted here, I’ve met my Midlands3Cities PhD cohort at a two-day welcome event in Nottingham, crammed my face with cream teas in the coffee shops of Cornwall, and chaired an international conference at the Shakespeare Institute. There’s been so much to blog about, but no…

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Things I Learned While Writing My Latest Papers

My Masters year at the Shakespeare Institute is proving to be something of a learning experience. Not only have I found myself immersed in the relatively unfamiliar world of English literature, I’ve also had to figure out how to deal with multiple-essay deadlines. This time last year I thought having two essays due within the same week was…

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Shakespeare’s Birthday, Stratford-Style

Saturday 23 April was a pretty important date in the Shakespearean calendar. Not only was it Shakespeare’s birthday AND deathday, but it was the 400th anniversary of the latter occasion. So, naturally, Shakespeareans from around the world travelled to Stratford-upon-Avon and took to the streets to celebrate with the help of various famous people and…

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Ella’s Top Places to Get Stuff Done

Until a few years ago, the Easter holidays meant a break from whichever academic institution I was in at the time (school/college). The prospect of a few weeks without classes was an exciting one, and I always looked forward to it: I could spend time with my friends, sleep in late, and – very importantly…

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