19th century, Arts, Humanities

“O, Portia! take my heart”: Ellen Terry and the Aesthetics of Costume

“In the 1820s and 1830s […] theatre productions in London were becoming more elaborate in their setting, dressing and ‘getting up’” (Taylor 1993, 3).  Shakespeare productions in the Victorian era were marked by a sumptuous and decadent attention to visual artistry.

Arts, Contemporary, Interviews

A Conversation With Playwright Flo Read

By Julyan Oldham. Since Flo Read’s Twin Primes won Best Script and Best Production in the 2015 Oxford New Writing Festival, she has gone on to develop several more acclaimed plays. Her work has been performed both nationally and internationally, including at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and 2016. She recently graduated from Oxford University with… Continue reading A Conversation With Playwright Flo Read

Arts, Classical/ Ancient

No Sex, Please, We’re Hellenic: Female Solidarity in the Lysistrata

By Chris Noon.  The Greek world in the last quarter of the fifth century BC was dominated by the Peloponnesian War (431-404), waged between Athens and Sparta, arguably the two most powerful city-states of the day. The literary sources documenting the war are, perhaps unsurprisingly, entirely androcentric. Women are all but absent from Thucydides’ account;… Continue reading No Sex, Please, We’re Hellenic: Female Solidarity in the Lysistrata

17th century, Arts

The silent rebellion of Elizabeth Cary

By Martin Parlett For many, Elizabeth Cary (1585–1639) is not a name that readily flares the synapses; nor one which encourages an emotional kindling of English national or literary pride. It is a name, whether through natural critical evolution, or purposeful ostracism from the literary canon, forced to whisper itself at the fringes of syllabi… Continue reading The silent rebellion of Elizabeth Cary


Bluestocking Presents: Elisabeth Gray

By Yasmin Haji-Hassan Sitting in Starbucks armed with coffee and a pen, I await the arrival of Elisabeth Gray, a woman of immense talent. An actress, a playwright, a graduate from Oxford University and all this at the age 24. I knew I was meeting someone with a vast intellect and who has the potential… Continue reading Bluestocking Presents: Elisabeth Gray

18th century, Humanities

Olympe de Gouges and the Rights of Woman

By Lloyd Lewis In March 2004, in a modest ceremony followed by a buffet, a previously unnamed crossroads in Paris was named 'Place Olympe de Gouges'. Throughout France, a small but growing number of roads bear the same name; all were inaugurated within the last thirty years, Gouges died in 1793. The campaign to rehabilitate… Continue reading Olympe de Gouges and the Rights of Woman