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Emma Whipday



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Emma Whipday is a Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Early Modern English Literature at Kings College London. She is also a Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeares Globe. Emma studied English at Oxford, and has received an MA and PhD in Shakespeare from UCL. She has taught at University College London (UCL); Brasenose College, Oxford; and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Emma is a winner of the Masterclass 2015 Pitch Your Play competition. She is an Associate Writer for Oxford-based theatre company Reverend Productions, who have staged her adaptations of classic novels at the Edinburgh Fringe and various Oxford colleges and gardens. Her short plays have been performed in the Old Vic Tunnels and at an Old Vic New Voices Showcase. Shakespeares Sister is Emmas first original full-length play. Emma has directed practice as research productions of Samuel Daniels The Tragedie of Cleopatra and The Tragedy of Merry from Two Lamentable Tragedies at UCL. She has run workshops on early modern drama at the Wellcome Collection, the London Renaissance Seminar, the Huntington Library in California, and the Shakespeare 400 Festival at Kings College London; and has given public lectures at Shakespeares Globe, Knole House for the National Trust, TEDx at Goodenough College, Somerville College Chapel, and UCL. Emma has spoken about her research on BBC Radio Oxford, and has published articles in academic journals and essay collections on: Elizabethan domestic murder; domestic tragedy; practice as research; and the RSC 2014 Roaring Girls season.

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        Shakespeare's Sister

Shakespeare's Sister

Shakespeare's Sister
Judith Shakespeare has one ambition: to be a playwright. When her debt-ridden father forces her into an engagement, she runs away with the help of dashing actor Ned Alleyn, hoping to join her brother in London. But when Judith arrives in the plague-stricken capital, she finds her brother gone, Ned engaged to another, and her play refused. Judith and the players confront poverty in the midst of economic depression, in a society where women's freedoms are curtailed, under a government confronting religious extremism in a climate of fear. Judith must choose between succumbing to social pressures, and following her dream, no matter what the cost.

Shakespeares Sister was first performed as a staged reading at the Theatre Royal Haymarket as part of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trusts Pitch Your Play scheme, supported by the NoŽl Coward Foundation and the Vernon Charitable Trust. It was revived as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations at Kings College London.

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Full Length Play, Drama 90 min

Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  1 boy 1 girl

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