Welcome to The Paper Stage

The Paper Stage is a new public play-reading group in Canterbury dedicated to the extraordinary and diverse drama of the Renaissance. A number of exceptionally talented playwrights flourished in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and yet today the period is dominated by prominent figure of Shakespeare. This series, which consists of monthly events focused on different plays, offers you the chance to experience this golden age of theatre through lively and experimental group readings that place you at the heart of the plays.

Romeo and JulietKicking off with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, you will also encounter lesser-known plays by the Bard’s contemporaries, from Middleton’s bawdy city comedies to Kyd and Webster’s bloody revenge tragedies, from the lyrical heights of Marlowe’s solioquising protagonists to the earthy wit of Jonson’s fraudsters. These plays present worlds that will seduce, excite and horrify in equal measure, but also perhaps, offer a mirror for our own cultural moment.

Our first reading will take place at the Gulbenkian Cafe on Monday 19th May 2014 at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public. The series is run by Dr Harry Newman and Dr Clare Wright from the School of English, University of Kent. Those who would like to read a part (whether small, medium or large) in Romeo and Juliet should email h.r.newman@kent.ac.uk