Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

School of English Research Seminar

Dr Joanna Hofer-Robinson (UCC). “Illusion can only be perfected through the feelings.” Staging The Frozen Deep as Practice-led Research

Like many Victorian melodramas, The Frozen Deep is rarely performed today, even though the original script was written by two of the most well-known authors from the period, Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens. One such unusual occasion was after Dickens Day 2016, an annual conference held at Senate House Library in London. This production, which I co-directed with James Phillips (RHUL), staged selected scenes from the drama to explore what a practice-led research methodology could add to our understanding of this play, and Dickens’s engagement with nineteenth-century theatre more broadly. This talk will analyse some of our findings. In particular, I will examine how nineteenth-century performance techniques (including attitudes, realization and tableaux) shape the actor-audience dynamic and facilitate affective responses to the drama. Joanna Hofer-Robinson joined the UCC English department in 2017 as a lecturer in nineteenth- century literature. Prior to this appointment, she held an IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCD. Jo’s major publications include her monograph, Dickens and Demolition (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), and Sensation Drama, 1860—1880: An Anthology (co-edited with Beth Palmer; forthcoming Edinburgh UP, May 2019). In 2015– 16 she led the “Dickensian Drama” research project, which staged two rarely-performed plays to explore what a practice-led research methodology could add to our understanding of Dickens’s dramatic writing, and nineteenth- century stage technique.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Date:
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Room 2.12 O'Rahilly Building UCC
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Clíona Ó Gallchoir
021 4903288
http://https://www.ucc.ie/en/english/research/schoolofenglishresearchseminar/

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