Printed invitation by the Antwerp Violieren for the 1561 Landjuweel

Saturday 24 March 2018


Performance and its Urban Context


University of Sheffield


This year the Medieval English Theatre Meeting on Performance and its Urban Context will be hosted by Charlotte Steenbrugge at the University of Sheffield.









On the previous day (Friday 23 March) and in the same location there will be a Postgraduate and Early Career Symposium run by the Early English Drama and Performance Network (registration free but space limited). Speakers include Michael Pidd (University of Sheffield), Toni Prince (University of Sheffield), Kia Macpherson (Hull Noah Play Project), Stuart Palmer (University of Kent), and Olivia Robinson (University of Fribourg). For details, programme, and registration go to the EED&PN website.








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Friday 23th March

19.30 Dinner (à la carte) at Hui Wei, 221 Glossop Road, SHEFFIELD S10 2GW ( Take time in advance to consult the menu and make your choice! (The website is still under construction but the menus are all there.) View Map.
All METh and EEDPN delegates invited.

Saturday 24th March
Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QY [View Map]

9.00-9.15 Registration and welcome    (HRI)


9.15-11.00 York    (HRI Conference Room) Chair: Pamela King
Daisy Black:
‘Beyond Product Placement: Craft, Identity and Anachronic Objects at York’
Eleanor Bloomfield:
‘Faith and the City: Playing the Passion in Fifteenth-Century York’
Sian Witherden:
‘The Real and the Virtual City: Touching Jerusalem during the York Corpus Christi Plays ’
Meg Twycross:
‘The Sun in York’


11.00-11.15 Coffee/Tea break


11.15-12.45 Performance and Civic Piety    (HRI Conference Room) Chair: Clare Wright
Aurelie Blanc:
Desiderans torporem penitus exstirpare: Medieval Convent Drama at Barking Abbey and Civic Unrest’
Liv Robinson:
‘The Carmelites and the Community: Nuns, Urban Procession, and Performance in Late Medieval Burgundy’
Jason Burg:
‘The Feast of St Anne: Procession and Pageantry in Medieval Lincoln’


12.45-13.45 Lunch and Performance    (Jessop West G03)


13.45-15.15 Civic Performance and Power    (HRI Conference Room) Chair: Diana Wyatt
Eliza Hartrich:
‘Recording (and Not Recording) Civic Rituals in Late Medieval England and Ireland’
Mark Chambers:
‘“Durhams old Cittie thus salutes our King”: Civic Performance and Royal Power in Post-Reformation Durham’
Gašper Jakovac:
‘Newcastle Civic Drama and The Love-sick King
15.15-15.30 Tea/coffee break


15.30-17.00 Texts, Performances, and Cities    (HRI Conference Room) Chair: John McGavin
Phil Butterworth:
Jetties, Pentices, Purprestures, and Ordure: Obstacles to Pageants and Processions’
Gillian Redfern:
‘Is It Always Text and the City?’
Jodi-Anne George:
‘Staging Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid


17.00-18.00 METh AGM: Business meeting    (HRI Conference Room)


Afterwards Dinner (à la carte) at The Devonshire Cat 49 Wellington St, SHEFFIELD S1 4HG (; also à la carte, though if a sufficient number of people sign up, they ask us to decide what we want to eat beforehand) directly after the close of the business meeting. Take time in advance to consult the menu and make your choice! View Map.




Below is a list of suggested hotels in Sheffield.

Central - with easy access to station and venue (by tram and/or on foot)

  • Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel.
          119 Norfolk Street, SHEFFIELD S1 2JE
          Tel: 0114 278 2000; e-mail:
  • Leopold Hotel.
          2 Leopold Street, Leopold Square, SHEFFIELD S1 2GZ
          Tel: 0114 252 4000; e-mail:
  • Novotel Sheffield Centre.
          50 Arundel Gate, SHEFFIELD S1 2PR
          Tel: 0113 396 9005; e-mail:

Slightly further out (walking or taxi):

  • Kenwood Hall.
          Kenwood Road, SHEFFIELD S7 1NQ
         Tel: 01142 583 811; e-mail:
  • The Rutland Hotel.
          452 Glossop Road, SHEFFIELD S10 2PY
          Tel: 0114 266 4411; e-mail:
  • Halifax Hall.
          Endcliffe Vale Road, SHEFFIELD S10 3ER
         Tel: 0114 222 8810 e-mail:
  • Brocco.
          Brocco on the Park, 92 Brocco Bank, SHEFFIELD S11 8RS
          Tel: 0114 266 1233 e-mail:

Disclaimer: By advertising privately run and commercial accommodation, the University of Sheffield is in no way holding itself out as an agent for or on behalf of any of the proprietors. Nobody from Residential Services has visited or inspected any of the properties listed and the University of Sheffield cannot guarantee the condition of any such accommodation.

For other local accommodation:


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