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Staging the Late 18h Century

Assessment 1 (20%)


What Is She? Programme


This should be @ 4 – 8 sheets of A4 formatted and designed as a programme with title, cast list etc. You can design it as a programme with boxed quotes or paragraphs, illustrations etc. Submission may be by individuals or in groups.


You might include some of the following:


  • A Biographical Note on the author
  • A note on disputed performance
  • Information on late-eighteenth century comedy
  • Background on/illustrations of Covent Garden Theatre in 1799 when it was first performed
  • Background on theatrical conditions/theatre-going in the period
  • Short biographies of some or all of the actors (the Dictionary of National Biography and Highfill, Burnim and Langans’ ‘ Dictionary’ of eighteenth century actors are useful sources here
  • Information on acting styles
  • Social, cultural, literary, political and aesthetic background, if and as appropriate.
  • Background on women playwrights in the period.
  • Events in 1799, theatrical and otherwise
  • Fashions in clothing
  • Anything else you consider relevant
  • Reviews



Rough Draft must be available for Class in Week 4


Submission: Immediately prior to Class in Week 7



READING FOR WEEKS 2 -5


For Week 2

*Charlotte Smith What Is She?


For Week 3

Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer

R. B. Sheridan, The Rivals, The School for Scandal


For Week 7

Paula Byrne, Perdita, plus additional readings


For Week 8

*Hannah Cowley, The Belle’s Stratagem, *A Bold Stroke for a Husband

*Elizabeth Inchbald, Everyone Has His Fault


For Week 9

April De Angelis, A Laughing Matter

Timberlake Wertenbaker, Our Country’s Good


For Week 10

*Elizabeth Inchbald,Lovers Vows

*Joanna Baillie, De Montfort

*Joanna Baillie’s Introduction (excerpts) to her first volume of plays


*provided by School