The sixth devil and the College of God’s Gift

The Rose Playhouse

A Zoom event beginning at 7.00 pm

There is an anecdote of Edward Alleyn having been startled to see an extra devil onstage during one of his performances in Doctor Faustus.

In this talk, Dr Ildiko Solti will explore with you some of the key principles and practices of shared-light playing that might lead to such an intensity of experience. She will look at how the actors’ use of movement in the geometry of the space is facilitated by the full light and what the audience’s role is in creating this effect.

Studying performance is fraught with problems when it is pursued in the theatre of the mind and therefore she will use several means of visualising what we are talking about, with some key moments from plays that were possible to do at The Rose. Finally, Ildi will challenge you to think about the play text as a cake recipe (it is, after all, “Bake-Off” season), for action that animates shared-light spaces like The Rose and makes them spaces of learning and discovery, like Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift (a/k/a Dulwich College today).



Ildiko Solti is an actor-director, researcher, lecturer and former Shakespeare Research Fellow at Kingston University, London. She trained in Dramatic Arts at Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota. Returning to Hungary, she obtained an MA in Shakespeare Studies at Eotvos Lorand University and was Artistic Director of an English-language theatre company, The Phoenix, in Budapest.

In 1999 she moved to London, where she earned a PhD in Performing Arts from Middlesex University, and where she has been teaching and conducting research and experiments in performance, focusing on Elizabethan/Jacobean working theatre reconstructions through practice in performance. Ildi is currently working on a book on the catalytic role of Shakespeare’s Globe project in performance theory, acting and Shakespeare studies. She has continued facilitating the Martext workshops, online in recent times. Most recently she has been involved with organising and co-presenting the Shakespeare North symposia.

Tickets are £6 (concessions are available for Friends of The Rose and students). They can be booked through TryBooking by clicking here. You will receive a link to this Zoom event via email. Any additional contributions for The Rose Playhouse will be much appreciated and go towards funding the Rose Revealed Project.

Please note that booking for this event will close at 6.00 pm on 16 November.

Image reproduced by kind permission of Shakespeare's Globe; photo credit: Marc Brenner

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

Booking Information

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