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Lizzie Conrad Hughes

Lizzie Conrad Hughes

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Personal statement

Lizzie has been a professional actress since 1995.

Stage roles range from Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother to Lady Macbeth, student films to West End plays (Mrs March in Little Women at the Duchess Theatre, London 2004-5).

Lizzie is also an English teacher and tutor, and teaches actors to interpret Shakespeare intellectually, creatively & truthfully.

Lizzie is now Artistic Director of theatre company Shake-Scene Shakespeare, the only UK company focused on teaching and performing cue-script Shakespeare.

The best thing about being a postgraduate researcher at Bath Spa is the opportunity to expand to new horizons.

Academic qualifications

  • PGCE, Secondary English, Oxford University
  • MA, Commonwealth Literature, Leeds University
  • BA (Hons), English Literature and Language, Oxford University. 

Performance

The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare, The Cockpit, London, 3-7 October 2017. 

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Thesis title

Early Modern Acting and Modern Production: Exploring Shakespeare’s Plays Through Cue Script Performances

Research supervisors

Roger Apfelbaum

Research overview

The project will uniquely combine scholarly research to document Early Modern acting, and practice as research to workshop and prepare full scale productions. 

Using preliminary research achieved during research-led practice (significant scholarly writing on Early Modern acting and current performances using Early Modern Acting methods, specifically cue scripts), combined with practical experience preparing cue-script acting, and performing text using the cue script method for full cue-scripted productions of The Tempest (2016), Merchant of Venice (2017) and a third production in 2018, selected elements will create practical research and educational workshops in London and at Bath Spa University. Subsequently, scholarly and reflective writing will document acting methods in the workshops and develop educational and marketing materials.

Scholarly essays for Shakespeare and other Performance conferences and academic publications that bring together scholarly and practical work, with contributions from players as well as specialist and non-specialist audience members.

Research interests

  • How do early modern rehearsal and performance methods lead to culturally and theatrically unique and important performance interpretations? 
  • What elements and textures of Early Modern performance can be explored through cue-scripts?
  • How is the skill set of an early modern player different from that of a twenty-first-century actor?
  • How can workshops and productions of Shakespeare’s plays using original rehearsal and performance methods create unique educational, training, and production opportunities?

Research outputs

Articles

Conrad-Hughes, Lizzie (2017) "Shakespeare's Repeated Cues: Are We Missing Something?" Question, 1. pp. 80 (88).

Conrad-Hughes, Lizzie (2018) "Getting the measure of metre; or why iambic pentameter will?" The Stage Shoreditch. Article is available online via their website.

Conference or workshop item

Conrad Hughes, Lizzie (2017) "Repeated Cues: What Cue-Scripted Performance Offers 21st Century Audiences", 24-29 October 2017, American Shakespeare Centre Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, VA, USA. 

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