Fear in our moment

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What can theatre and literature do to comfort, console or galvanise in the face of fears that seem bigger than ourselves?

Please note, we have had to make a few changes to this event due to the latest lockdown restrictions by the UK Government. The date of this event has changed to Thursday 12 November at 7.00pm. It had been our intention that our panellists’ conversation would be filmed in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. They will now pre-record their discussion remotely and it will be streamed on YouTube.

Dr Will Tosh and a panel of thinkers and writers explore fear in 2020 in this timely conversation. Shakespeare’s fears were not our own, but his society had its own dread of pandemics, political earthquakes and economic recessions. The panel will ask how Shakespeare coped with – and built upon – political and personal dread, and how that translates into our own moment.

Our panellists will be Professor Bridget Escolme, who is Professor of Theatre and Performance Queen Mary University of London and specialises in the history of emotions and mental health in the creative arts; writer, musician and maker Stella Kanu, who is currently Executive Director of LIFT, creator of the concept design for Black Womxn in Theatre (2018) and co-curator of BWinT events, the #WeAreVisible movement (2019), #AllofUs and the #HereToStay redundancy care package (2020); Michelle McMahon, is an actor, writer, director who is currently developing a new play investigating anxiety in 21st Century life; and the actor and comedian Joseph Marcell, who most recently appeared at the Globe as Duncan and the Porter in Macbeth (2018) and is best known for playing Geoffrey in the TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.


This panel discussion will take place on YouTube. Captions will be available.

A link with joining instructions will be emailed to you a day before the event. You will need access to a reliable internet connection to stream.

Please ensure you and all other attendees in your household follow both Shakespeare’s Globe’s Community guidelines and YouTube’s Community Guidelines.

Join the conversation #ShakesFear



Tickets are free but you must register once per household in order to watch the live event from 7.00pm.

As a charity that receives no regular government funding, any donations are welcome and are vital to us.

Running time 60 minutes approximately

Part of Shakespeare and Fear



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