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Personal profile

Biography

Andrea is researching the plays of Shakespeare on BBC Radio. She will complete this project in the BBC’s centenary year, 2022, and has already listened to all known extant recordings: more than 150 in total. Her project is not just a history of these broadcasts, but also examines the ways these adaptations transform a text intended for the stage into radio. In addition, it situates the productions in their historical context, in terms of both literary criticism and theatrical performance.
Prior to joining the UEA, Andrea had worked as a journalist and radio producer for many years, interrogating evidence from a very different perspective. Having left education at 18, she studied for her BA and MA with the Open University while working full time, receiving a Distinction for her Masters in 2019.
Andrea is a CHASE DTP scholar. She is supervised by Prof Richard J. Hand and Dr Sophie Butler.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Andrea’s primary research interest is in audio productions of Shakespeare’s plays and other early modern dramas. She is keenly interested in how listening to these plays, rather than watching them, can help unlock their texts, both for a school/undergraduate audience, and at a deeper level for research scholars.
Andrea is a member of the British Shakespeare Association and took part in a panel on Shakespeare on Asian Screens at their 2021 conference. At their previous conference, with the theme Race and Nation, her paper comparing radio productions of plays broadcast during the Second World War with those around the 2016 Brexit referendum was discussed as part of a seminar on Shakespeare and UK Performance.
Andrea is always alert to the ways her academic life can interconnect with the world outside the university. An example of this is her paper focusing on a passage in 2 Henry VI entitled: ‘“See How the Blood is Settled in his Face”: Shakespeare’s Warwick – Fiction’s First Pathologist’. This looks at how a scene in one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays uses many of the same tropes as our much-loved modern television crime dramas.

Teaching Interests

Andrea has taught Shakespeare at UEA as well as the drama module ‘Staging Scandal’ at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. In addition, she is the module leader of Professional Writing Research and Practice at Suffolk, teaching students a range of writing skills from social media to journalism.
She is currently mentoring two London-based journalists at early stages of their careers.

External positions

Occasional lecturer, University of Suffolk

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