Pericles on the Seas

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Performance Details (17:00 BST)

The performance is the latest event from the De-Centred Shakespeares Network. This is a group of theatre makers and academics comprising of Creative Producer Ben Crystal, Henry Bell and Stephen Collins at the University of West Scotland (UWS) and theatre companies Cena IV-Shakespeare Company, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Salaam Shakespeare Naatak Company, based in Mumbai, India; and Act For Change, based in Jamestown, Ghana.

Each company was invited to film a scene from Shakespeare's Pericles, adapting the text as they saw fit, into their own language(s), and shooting on the streets (or seas) of their community, all in one shot, no editing.

Ben Crystal has worked with the students of UWS to create adaptations of the Gower Chorus pieces to offer links between the three global films, and these will both be filmed, and live-performed.

The commissioned pieces from around the globe will all be screened and live-streamed, and will be followed by a panel. Please find details of the Panel below. If you would like to attend the performance in-person at the Ayr Campus of UWS, please e mail

Funding for the project has been provided by Division of Arts and Media, School of Business & Creative Industries, UWS.

Micro-Conference Details (17:45 BST)

Decentering Shakespeare is a developing area of scholarship and practice, born from a greater engagement with digital practices that emerged from lockdown and clear need to develop a Shakespeare scholarship fit for the 21st century.

This event builds on the Global Shakespeares event hosted by the Performance Research and Practice Cluster at UWS in 2021 and is facilitated by the actor, director, creative producer, and explorer of Shakespeare original and modern rehearsal and production practice expert, Ben Crystal.

At the event UWS students worked with Act for Change (Ghana), Cena IV (Brazil) and Salaam Shakespeare Naatak Company (India) to share practice and approaches to decentering and decolonising Shakespeare. The resulting work was the subject of an article in The Conversation.

This micro-conference will gather the project partners together to deliver the next stage in the project. A mixture of practice and scholarly responses, we will focus on critically exploring decentered Shakespeare practice, pedagogy and scholarship the conference will engage with the following themes:

Approaches to decentered collaborative practice

Shakespeare and decentered site

Approaches to decentered Shakespeare scholarship

The full conference will be available to attend in person or online. We hope you can make it and we look forward to welcoming you.


Prof Bridget Escolme (QMUL)

Dr. Abdul Karim Hakib (University of Ghana)

Prof Christopher Thurman (Wits University, SA)

Rob Myles (The Show Must Go Online)

Dr Ifeowula Aboluwade (University of Beyreuth)

UWS Academic Leads:

Dr Henry Bell, Senior Lecturer in Performance

Dr Stephen Collins, Reader in Performance
Period28 Oct 2022
Event typeConference
LocationAyrShow on map


  • Global Shakespeare
  • Pericles
  • decolonising