Schedule: Disability and Shakespearean Theatre

Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow

Wed 20th April 2016

08.30 – 09.15  Registration and coffee

09.15 – 09.20  Opening remarks

09.20 – 10.20  Keynote address: Prof. Chris Mounsey (University of Winchester), ‘VariAbility in Shakespeare’

10.20 – 10.40 Break (order lunch options)

10.40 – 12.00 Panel 1: Contemporary Rereadings of Shakespeare

  • Sarah Olive, University of York. ‘“Miching Mallecho. It means mischief”: problematising representations of actors with learning difficulties in Growing up Downs’
  • Katarzyna Ojrzyńska, University of Łódź. ‘Hamlet in a Wheelchair – a Much Needed Icon?’
  • Jessica Parrott, University of Warwick, ‘Shakespeare with Chairs – The Bard, Disability and London 2012’

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch (delivered but not included in conference fee)

13.00 – 14.20 Panel 2: Contexualising Early Modern Disabilities on Stage

  • Jennifer Nelson, Gallaudet University. ‘Turn a Deaf Ear: The Literary Function of Deafness in Shakespeare and Early Modern England’
  • Angelina Del Balzo, UCLA. ‘Limping Witches: Colley Cibber’s Richard III and the Untimely Deformed Woman’
  • Kaye McLelland, UCL. ‘Spiritual and Musculoskeletal Integrity in Shakespeare and Early Modern Sermons’

14.20 – 14.40 Break

14.40 – 15.30 Panel 3: Theorising Disability and Stagecraft in Shakespeare

  • Morwenna Carr, Lancaster University. ‘The Dramatic Prosthetic: Shakespearean Disability as Stagecraft’
  • Christine Gottlieb, UCLA. ‘King Lear as Dismodern Tragedy’

15.30 – 16.45 Wine reception and presentation from Shakespeare Schools Festival

16.45 – 17.15 Move to Gilmorehill Theatre (post-conference performance of Let Her Come In, limited tickets available)

17.30 – 18.30 Performance of Let Her Come In, a one act rewriting of Hamlet, focused on mental illness, gender, and disability, followed by dramatist/director’s Q&A.

The symposium venue, the Sir Alwyn Williams Building, is fully accessible, and the symposium will include accommodations such as pre-circulated papers and discussion topics, ending with an interactive roundtable discussion. For more information on access, transport, and the venue please visit our website. If you have any questions, please email the symposium team at, or contact us via @Disability&SS.