Peter Reynolds

Professor Peter Reynolds was an International Partner Investigator with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) from 2011 until mid-2015 at Newcastle University, UK. He was subsequently a Senior Honorary Research Fellow through CHE at The University of Western Australia (UWA) until July 2018. Reynolds is a Shakespearean scholar with a particular interest in Shakespeare in contemporary performance and practical workshop based approaches to teaching Shakespeare in schools and higher education. Between 2001 and 2006 he was the creative director of the English National Theatre’s double BAFTA award winning performance website Stagework. His research explored some of the early modern plays originally written for performance by boys/ young adults, and in 2012 at the CHE/ANZ Shakespeare Association conference 'Shakespeare and Emotions', he directed a production of Ben Jonson’s Epicene, or The Silent Woman, using a group of young actors (boys aged 10–17) drawn from three schools in the Perth region in Western Australia. He has written about how his cast negotiated the problematic emotional and political landscape of Jonson’s play and how the audience responded to it. In 2014 he returned to Perth to direct Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle with a group of school-aged boys from Guildford Grammar School.

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Francis Beaumont’s satire, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Bradley Studio, UWA, 13 November 2014.

Ben Jonson’s Epicene, or The Silent Woman, 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA) in collaboration with CHE ‘Shakespeare and Emotions’, Bradley Studio, UWA, 27–30 November 2012.

Other Selected Research Events

Symposium Session Chair:The Merry Wives of Windsor’ CHE symposium, UWA, 17 February 2016.

Symposium Convenor: Little Eyases: Early Modern Plays and Boy Players 1525–1642, UWA, 13 November 2014.

Conference Paper: ‘Re-directing Little Eyases’, ‘Shakespeare and Emotions’, ‘Shakespeare and Emotions’ conference, UWA, 27–30 November 2012.

Teachers’ Workshop: ‘Thinking on Your Feet: Some New Practical Approaches to Teaching Old Texts’, ‘Shakespeare and Emotions’ conference, UWA, 27–30 November 2012.

Presentation: ‘Theatre Websites’, CHE Meanings Program Collaboratory ‘Performing Old Emotions on the New Fortune Stage’, UWA, 15–17 September 2011.