Category Archives: Performance

Performing Jonson for the 21st Century

In July we were joined by Olivier-award winning actor Henry Goodman to begin to explore performing Jonson’s First Folio. Goodman, who has played the titular role in Volpone and Kitely in Every Man in His Humour, worked with Mike Cordner on speeches from Volpone, Every Man In his Humour and Sejanus. The rehearsals and later performances were filmed under the direction of Simon van der Borg.

Trailer:

Watch the Volpone workshop.

Watch the Every Man In His Humour workshop.

Watch the Sejanus workshop.

Performing Jonson – Volpone

In the first workshop,  Henry Goodman and Professor Michael Cordner explored the performance challenges and demands of  Volpone, which Henry played for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Trevor Nunn’s production at the Swan in 2015.

The session combines detailed table work with rehearsal performances of Volpone’s opening  soliloquy on the Department’s main stage.

The workshops were supported by a Culture and Communications Research Priming award from the University of York.

Next: Watch the Every Man In His Humour workshop.

Watch the Sejanus workshop.

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Performing Jonson – Every Man In His Humour

In the second workshop, Henry Goodman and Professor Michael Cordner explored the performance challenges and demands of Every Man In His Humour, in which Henry played the role of Kitely in John Caird’s 1986 production with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan.

The workshops were supported by a Culture and Communications Research Priming award from the University of York.

Back: Watch the Volpone workshop.

Next: Watch the Sejanus workshop.

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Film: Hyde Park Live Encore

Hyde Park by James Shirley, 9-11 June 2016.
Directed by Mike Cordner with Ollie Jones.

The production was filmed by our Film and Television Production colleagues on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2016. It was broadcast live to YouTube on Friday 10 June. This is the mastered film.

The production was made possible by a generous endowment from the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Trust.

 

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Film: A Mad World, My Masters!

A Mad World, My Masters! by Thomas Middleton, 23-25 June 2011.
Directed by Mike Cordner with Mark Smith and Tom Cantrell.

The production was filmed by our Film and Television Production colleagues on Friday 23 June 2011.

The production was made possible by a generous endowment from the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Trust.

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Film: The Dutch Courtesan

The Dutch Courtesan by John Marston, 20-22 June 2013.
Directed by Mike Cordner.

The production was filmed by our Film and Television Production colleagues on Friday 21 June 2013.

The production was made possible by a generous endowment from the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Trust.

The project website www.dutchcourtesan.co.uk contains research essays. production information, interviews and much more. Continue reading Film: The Dutch Courtesan

Film: The Troublesome Reign of King John

In July 2011 a cast of University of York undergraduate students,  from the Departments of Theatre, Film and Television, English and History, performed extracts of the Queen’s Men’s The Troublesome Reign of King John.

Discussion of project has been published in The Guild and Guild Buildings of Shakespeare’s Stratford, ed. J. R. Mulryne (Ashgate, 2012; Routledge, 2016) and will appear in Shakespeare Bulletin (2017)

The extracts were filmed over two performances on two DSLR cameras, and mastered by Nik Morris.

 

Credits

Cat Bennett – Lady Blanche / Lord Percy/ Messenger/ Prince Henry
Will Edwards – King John
Freddie Elletson – Earl Pembroke
Ela Gaworzewska – Lady Margaret Falconbridge / Herald / French Lord / Friar / Messenger
Bengee Gibson – Philip, King of France / Cardinal Pandulph
Jonny Glasgow – Earl Salisbury
Alex Gordon – Chatillon / Messenger
Nick Green – Robert Falconbridge / Limoges, Duke of Austria / Thomas
Virginia Hartman – Constance / Lord Beauchamp / Messenger
Josh Hatfield – Earl Essex / Citizen
Ryan Lane – Lewis, Dauphin of France / Sheriff of Northamptonshire
Sarah Lewis – Queen Eleanor / Earl of Bigot/ Friar/ Messenger
Joe Williams – Philip the Bastard
Sam Williams – Arthur, Duke of Bretagne / Melun / Abbot
Alastair Campbell, Rajan Gill, Lawrence Barber, Jack Lovegrove – Lords / Attendants / Citizens

Ollie Jones – Director
Nik Morris – Film Director