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I am a writer and educator in Drama and Theatre Studies. My specialist areas are Shakespeare, particularly with regard to the female characters, dramaturgy and theatre history. Raising a little boy also gives me plenty of cause to reflect on parenting and social justice issues. I also blog at Hoyden About Town, under the handle Orlando.

  • Shakespeare in Australia

    Logo showing two skulls facing opposite directions. Text: Shakespeare TwentyScore

    Shakespeare TwentyScore is marking 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, including event listings for Australia. The anniversary date is 23 April, but all kinds of things will be taking place all through 2016, so keep checking for updates, and expanding resources pages. Please come and visit the website, follow our Facebook page and find us on Twitter at @Shakes20Score.

  • King Lear and Family Dramas

    Old man in white robe pats cheek of smiling young woman.

    I have a piece up at The Conversation on how King Lear is a great primer in common dysfunctional emotional/behavioural patterns between an ageing parent and adult children. It’s a seasonal special! King Lear and Family Gatherings There are plot summary… Read More ›

  • Friday Hoydens: Women in Theatre

    Antique paperback: Seven Short Plays by Lady Gregory

    The Irish theatre scene is currently in an uproar of the best kind. In 1904 the Abbey Theatre in Dublin was co-founded, with W.B. Yeats and Edward Martyn, by Augusta, Lady Gregory to give the voice of the Irish nation… Read More ›

  • Friday Hoyden: Princess Sophia Duleep Singh

    B&W photo of Indian woman in Edwardian evening dress, hair up, pearls.

    “Taxation without representation is a tyranny… I am unable to pay money to the state, as I am not allowed to exercise any control over its expenditure.” – Princess Sophia’s response in court, on charges of refusing to pay licence… Read More ›

  • Talk like a pirate day Friday Hoyden: Sayyida al Hurra

    Painting of C16th Galleys fighting at seaa

    It be that time o’ the year once more when we don our arrghs and polish up our mateys for tomorrow’s Talk Like a Pirate Day (19th September). It’s a great time to remind ourselves that women could be just… Read More ›

  • Brainstorming session: Shakespeare 400

    Here’s a little bit of Australian history trivia: the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death coincided with the first celebration of ANZAC day. Sydney’s Shakespeare memorialists had spent four years planning major events, including booking the fanciest theatre in town for… Read More ›

  • Friday Hoyden: Bree Newsome

    Broadly smiling black woman with long braids.

    After the murder of nine people at a Bible study group in a church in South Carolina, USA, in a white supremacist terrorist massacre specifically targeting black Americans, many people’s patience has run out with the display of racist symbols… Read More ›

  • Friday Hoydens: Shakespeare’s Aptronymic Ingénues

    Renaissance inkwash drawing of two young women in costume.

    Cross-posted from Flaming Moth Towards the end of his career, Shakespeare wrote a string of plays that make a feature of the relationship between an ageing patriarch and a daughter who is coming into adulthood. These young women are all possessed… Read More ›

  • Friday Hoyden: Hildegard von Bingen

    Postage stamp showing medieval woodcut of nun in blue robe.

    Long ago I promised a set of the “three wise H’s”. After Hrotsvit and Heloise, we are overdue to hear about Hildegard, and Good Friday seems like the perfect time to promote one of the great medieval Christian philosophers. She… Read More ›

  • Friday Hoyden: Gillian Triggs

    Middle-aged blonde woman in navy suit, smiling.

    Gillian Triggs has proved herself so far above the pitiful scrabblings of the shrivelled souls who want her to stop saying that we shouldn’t subject children to institutional abuse that she has forced them to reveal themselves for what they are.