1. Click here to find out how to sign up for the second {Playing the Margins} workshop on 24th May!

  2. {Playing the Margins} 24th May 2011

    Are you involved in the performing arts?

    Do you ever find yourself doodling in the margins of scripts?

    Do you mark up your prompt books?

    If so, please come to an informal, experimental workshop exploring how actors, directors, theatre critics and other readers annotate texts in the past and present.

    Explore how earlier readers engaged with play-texts, prompt-books and other texts by taking part in this workshop using texts from UCL Special Collections.

    Gain insights into your own annotation practices and those of other annotators, past and present.

    Participate creatively by inscribing digital images of the texts using graphics tablets provided by us.

    Get new ideas for research and practice, and a fresh perspective on dramatic texts.

    Where: Petrie Museum, UCL, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT

    When: 10:00 till 12:30 on Tuesday 24th May, 2011

    The workshop is free, but places are limited.

    Lunch will be provided.

    To register: please email

    For more information, see About the project
    or follow us on twitter @play_the_margin.

  3. "It was mi favorite tragedie. W.S."

    This is one of our favourite annotations. It can be found in a UCL Special Collections’ copy of A Declaration of the Practises & Treasons Attempted and Committed by Robert, late Earl of Essex and his Complices, by Francis Bacon. This marginal note was purported to be by William Shakespeare himself, but the annotations turned out to be written by the forger, Henry Ireland.

  4.  Photo: annotation by Paula Bailey

  5. Watch this space…

    …for more information about this exciting public engagement project!