Juliano Zaffino

Juliano Zaffino

Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Cutting Shakespeare: Promptbook Practice in Stratford and Beyond
Supervisor: Dr Abigail-Rokison-Woodall (Shakespeare Institute) and Dr Daisy Murray (Royal Shakespeare Company)
PhD Shakespeare Studies


I am studying for a PhD at the Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham), partnered with the Royal Shakespeare Company as a Collaborative Doctoral Award through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. My project is based on the RSC's archive of promptbooks, copies of Shakespeare's plays edited and cut down for performance on the stage, which are held at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. I'll be looking at how the RSC's general practice for cutting Shakespeare has developed over time, contrasting this with other theatrical institutions, and considering some of the impetus and practicalities behind the cutting process in general, and considering what future directions this “promptbook practice” might take. I am supervised by Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, and Dr Daisy Murray at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

More widely, I am interested in contemporary performance, Shakespeare's afterlives, and the works of Christopher Marlowe and Margaret Cavendish. While obtaining my MA in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute, I co-created an iPhone app called SonnetShuffle to reconsider how we read and think about Shakespeare’s Sonnets.