• Shakespeare productions on BBC Radio: Reflecting the nation?

    Author(s):
    Andrea Smith (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, World War (1939-1945)
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    BSA 2019: Shakespeare, Race, and Nation
    Conf. Org.:
    British Shakespeare Association
    Conf. Loc.:
    Swansea
    Conf. Date:
    17/07/2019 - 20/07/2019
    Tag(s):
    bbc, Brexit referendum campaign, nationhood, Audience and reception studies, Radio, Shakespeare, World War II
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/xtx1-2531
    Abstract:
    Radio productions of Shakespeare’s works force listeners to use their imaginations, as well as drawing increased attention to the language. It might therefore be suggested that they can have a powerful influence on their audience. It has been claimed that BBC radio drama was a significant vehicle for notions of nationhood during the Second World War. And as recently as 2016, just prior to the Brexit referendum, the corporation broadcast Julius Caesar; a play about dissent over the ruling elite. This paper looks at how radio productions of Shakespeare’s plays can reflect, and perhaps influence, the British sense of nation.
    Notes:
    Part of the seminar 'Shakespeare Performance and the UK'.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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    All Rights Reserved
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