SIEGFRIED SASSOON FELLOWSHIP

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & CONFERENCE

Saturday 10th September 2011

"Friendship"

One of Siegfried Sassoon's greatest friends was the actor and theatrical producer Glen Byam Shaw. Sassoon was a frequent visitor during Shaw's time as Director of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1957-59.

Venue: Wolfson Hall, The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon

All timings are approximate.

11am          Arrival and registration/Coffee

11.30          AGM of the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship

12.30pm    Lunch

2pm            Welcome and introduction - Meg Crane, Chair of the SSF

2.1Opm      Speaker: Dr Philip Errington  

                    One of the anti-Christs : John Masefield, Siegfried Sassoon and Masefield's theatricals  

2.50pm      Speaker: Dr Nick Walton 

                    A life in theatre: Glen Byam Shaw"

3.3Opm      Afternoon tea


4.0Opm      Between the Lines" - a rehearsed reading of the play by Neil Brand, originally

                    broadcast on Radio 4 in 200l


4.45pm       Closing comments - Dennis Silk, CBE, President of the SSF


About our speakers

Philip W. Errington is a Director in the Department of Printed Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby's. After completing a doctoral thesis on John Masefield, he was appointed a visiting research fellow of the University of London in 2000 and honorary researchfellow of Universify College London in 2005. His bibliography, John Masefield - The 'Great Auk' of English Literature, was published by the British Library in 2004. His editions of Masefield  have been published by Penguin Classics, Carcanet, Egmont and the Cyder Press. In 2007 Pen and Sword published his collected edition of Masefield's writing on the First World War as John Masefield's Great War.

Nick Walton is a Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He obtained his MA and PhD from theShakespeare Institute, and has taught at the University of Warwick. As Executive Secretary to the International Shakespeare Association he helped organise the Eighth World Shakespeare Congress in Brisbane, Australia in 2006, and is currently workingtoward the 2011 Congress in Prague. He has written introductory material for the Penguin editions of Timon of Athens and Love's Labour's Lost, as well as contributing a chapter on Glen Byam Shaw to Director's Shakespeare. In 2009 Nick recorded a stagehistory for the BBC website based around the RSC production of Hamlet starring David Tennant, and in 2010 he was invited toBoston to deliver lectures and workshops to run alongside the Actors' Shakespeare Project production of Timon of Athens.


The Play

Our grateful thanks go to Neil Brand for allowing a royalty-free performance of his play and to Dominic Goodwin for taking thelead role.


 A programme containing further details of the production will be distributed during the conference