The roared-at boys? Repertory casting and gender politics in the RSC's 2014 Swan season

Kirwan, Peter (2015) The roared-at boys? Repertory casting and gender politics in the RSC's 2014 Swan season. Shakespeare, 11 (3). pp. 247-261. ISSN 1745-0926

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This essay interrogates the loading of the “Roaring Girls” season by asking what it means to “roar” in both the early modern period and twenty-first century, unpacking the terms on which the women of these productions are empowered or undermined through their treatment by their male counterparts. Performed alongside the 2014 “Midsummer Mischief” new writing season, the plays reposition “roaring” as challenging male-centred modes of representation. Drawing on Marvin Carlson's influential work on “ghosting”, this essay addresses these questions through investigation of the practices and implications of ensemble casting. With Arden of Faversham, The Roaring Girl and The White Devil sharing a single ensemble, the iterated roles of actors across the ensemble become key to understanding the season's overall strategies for presenting and interrogating misogyny. The recycling of actors’ bodies throws into relief the individual roles of the main “roaring girls”, framing and articulating the role of mischievous disruption within the company's work.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Shakespeare on 17/08/2015, available online:
Keywords: The Roaring Girl, The White Devil, Arden of Faversham, Ensemble, Repertory, Feminism, Performance Royal Shakespeare Company
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of English
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Depositing User: Kirwan, Peter
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 15:50
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 13:06

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