Actresses and Celebrity

18 October 2017, 2.00 PM - 18 October 2017, 4.00 PM

Department of Theatre, University of Bristol

Actresses and Celebrity
Department of Theatre, University of Bristol
Wednesday October 18th 2017, 2-4pm
Professor Mary Luckhurst
University of Melbourne; Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford
‘Celebrity Actresses Playing Celebrities’
Focusing on actresses including Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren, Mary Luckhurst will explore the ways in which actresses negotiate their celebrity through playing other famous women.
Dr Elaine McGirr
University of Bristol
‘The Celebrity and Repertoire of Susannah Cibber and Mary Ann Yates’
In this paper Elaine McGirr will explore the productive rivalry between Susannah Cibber, the leading tragedienne of the mid-eighteenth century, and her understudy and soon-to-be-diva in her own right, Mary Ann Yates.
Dr Catherine Hindson
University of Bristol
‘No. Not Siddons: Sarah M’Cready and early nineteenth-century Bristolian Celebrity’
For audiences in Bristol and Bath Sarah M’Cready was the leading lady of the day, yet outside of the regional theatrical histories of Bristol, Bath and Swansea she remains a footnote in theatre history. What does it mean to think about theatrical celebrity from the past in its local context?
The afternoon will include three short papers and time for discussion over tea and cake. All very welcome.

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