Dr Emma McEvoy

“What was his surprize, when the Thunder ceasing to roll, a full strain of melodious Music sounded in the air.” Thumbnail

“What was his surprize, when the Thunder ceasing to roll, a full strain of melodious Music sounded in the air.”

Posted by Emma McEvoy on May 26, 2011 in Dr Emma McEvoy, Guest Blog tagged with ,

Wildhorn’s Jekyll and Hyde last month, Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies last week - I’ve been experiencing the contemporary Gothic musical lately.   Whilst thinking about the ways in which music may be presented as Gothic, I started wondering how they did it in eighteenth-century theatre.  As I was going to the British Library anyway, I decided to see what I could find out from their archives about the music of Matthew Lewis’s The Castle Spectre.  This seemed the most obvious work to start investigating, for whilst reading the play I had noticed the prominence given to the name of th

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Eighteenth-Century Gothic: Performance and Partying

Posted by Emma McEvoy on May 23, 2011 in Dr Emma McEvoy, Guest Blog tagged with , ,

Well, I saw Love Never Dies last week – and am still digesting it.  I’ve never in my life, apart from in detective fiction, come across such an unexpected ending.  More of that another time. I’ve been thinking a lot this week about performance in relation to eighteenth-century Gothic as I’ve been going over the proofs for an article I’ve written which looks at Strawberry Hill and Fonthill Abbey.  I’ve also been writing on Matthew Lewis’s plays.  This turned out to be a useful conjunction as it forced me to think about performance not just in relation to houses, masquerades

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Gothic Performance: Jekyll and Hyde

Posted by Emma McEvoy on May 11, 2011 in Dr Emma McEvoy, Guest Blog tagged with ,

In these blogs, I intend to focus on performance – both contemporary and 18th century (if my researches at the British Library and Theatre Museum prove fruitful) and I expect there’ll be an emphasis on music too. I’ll be starting by considering a production of Jekyll and Hyde (a re-staging of the 1997 Broadway show) which I’ve just seen in Southampton and which is still touring.