Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Bursaries for UG/PG students to take part in Early Modern theatre workshops

22 June 2022

The Eu-funded Widening International Didactic and Education Programme (2022-2023) at the University of Parma has allocated 10 scholarships for students from University of Parma, Oxford and UCL.

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The Eu-funded Widening International Didactic and Education Programme (2022-2023) at the University of Parma has allocated 10 scholarships for 5 students from the University of Parma (UNIPR) and 5 students between University College of London (UCL) and the University of Oxford to participate in two theatre workshops directed by the Italian playwright and director Marco Martinelli (Teatro delle Albe) and Dr Giovanna Di Martino (UCL & APGRD) on 10-14 October 2022 at the University of Parma, and on 20-24 February 2023 at UCL.

The programme has allocated 750 euro/£639.07 for each UK-based participant to cover their travel and accommodation expenses during the week in Parma. Participants are required to participate in both sets of theatre workshops, in Parma in October 2022 and in London in February 2023.

The project is part of a two-stage conference on ‘Memory and Performance: Classical Reception in Early Modern Festivals (15th-18th century)’ which will take place on 13-14 October 2022 in Parma, and on 23-24 February 2023 at UCL. Prior to each stage of the conference there will be a three-day theatre workshop (10-12 October 2022 in Parma, and 20-22 February 2023 at UCL), the results of which will be presented on day 1 of both stages of the conference (13 October 2022 and 23 February 2023).

During the workshop, the students will work on the performance of a number of scenes from three early modern performance scripts based on Aristophanes' Wealth (Comedia di Iustitia by Eufrosino Bonini (ca. 1503), Hey for Honesty, Down with Knavery by Thomas Randolph (1651), and The World’s Idol; or Plutus, the God of Wealth, by H.H.B. (1659)). The aim is to investigate the dramaturgy of both the ancient and early modern scripts and the performability and intricate web of citations embedded within early modern dramatic scripts.

Not only will this be a great opportunity for the sharing of teaching and research practices across departments and European universities; the students participating will be offered the chance to explore these dramatic texts, ancient and early modern, from a completely different and yet necessary perspective, that which reflects on translation as well as on their performability. It will be a great opportunity for all students involved to get a taste of what it means to do theatre and learn about ancient and early modern dramatic and written practices.

How to Apply:

UCL Postgraduate and Undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by 15 September 2022 to g.martino@ucl.ac.uk and should include the following:

  • a brief CV (1 A4)
  • a cover letter explaining why you are interested in participating in the project and how it will contribute to your studies/career (500 words max)

No prior knowledge in theatre history, theatre practice, Ancient Greek or Italian, is required to participate. For further information please contact Dr Giovanna Di Martino: g.martino@ucl.ac.uk