French Theatre of the Napoleonic era

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: French Studies

Abstract

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of scholars reassessing the dramatic production of the Revolutionary decade (see for instance the work done in the United States by Ravel, Friedland, Maslan) but as yet this has not been extended to the theatre of the Napoleonic era. The few modern studies that have been undertaken on the immediate post-Revolution continue to conclude that theatre of the Napoleonic period is aesthetically inferior. Horne (2004) for instance concludes that 'not a single French play of any value dates from the Napoleonic period'. Pierre Frantz, in his survey essay in L'Empire des Muses (2004) talks of an aesthetic asphyxiation under Napoleon, despite - or perhaps because of - the importance the Emperor attached to theatre. The variety of approaches scholars of the Revolutionary period have successfully exploited to show how new aesthetic theatrical forms can surface even at a time of censorship and overt politicisation have not, as yet, been applied to the post-Revolutionary period. This project will represent a major advancement in studies of theatre of the Napoleonic era by rectifying the lack of methodologically innovative and up-to-date research on theatrical production in France between 1799 and 1815.
This project takes as its base the University of Warwick's special collection of Marandet plays, a resource of over 3000 plays of the French 18th and 19th centuries, one third of which has recently been digitised with a substantial grant from JISC's Enhancing Digital Resources scheme. The collection's entire holding for the Napoleonic period has been digitised in anticipation of this project which will focus on analysis of and research into the plays. Using the holdings of the Marandet collection as a starting point, it will re-examine the theatre of the First Empire in order to see whether recent methodological approaches to theatre of the Revolution can be applied to the aesthetic and institutional conditions imposed on French theatre by Napoleon. Theatre facilitates the investigation of key aspects of the artistic process - creation of a literary text, production in the public domain, and critical reception - and is, therefore, an ideal medium through which to re-evaluate the development of Napoleonic cultural life.
By extending the focus beyond the canon, an artificial construct which gives only a partial picture of the range of cultural life of early 19th-century France, and by including the reception and cultural context of theatre between 1799 and 1815, the project will provide not just a greater understanding of post-Revolutionary theatre but also of the cultural history of the Napoleonic era and of the complex interplay of art and politics. It will also provide a long-term contribution to studies of French aesthetic production of the early 19th century. By highlighting the benefits of comparative, performance-led and reception-orientated approaches, it will have a significant impact on theatre and music specialists as well as those working on Napoleonic culture, and will lay the basis for a wide-ranging and collaborative continuation project. It will also play a role in training the next generation of 19th-century scholars.

Planned Impact

Who will benefit from this research?

'users' of the research outputs include other academics interested in the theatre, culture and history of the period and current and future undergraduates and postgraduates who will be able to draw on the research both at Warwick, across the UK, and internationally because of the freely accessible material available on the Marandet website.

Beyond academia, 'users' will include theatre practitioners and theatre audiences since the project will include workshops in collaboration with theatre practitioners to explore the history of performance. Initial collaboration with Barry Grantham's World of Commedia team and the historical theatre group Chalemie (who have run research-led masterclasses for Warwick undergraduates on the principal investigator's modules) has demonstrated the huge potential of collaborative work of this nature, particularly in the exploration of the relationship between script and music in the genre that dominated theatrical production of the period, melodrama.

The wider public will benefit from the exhibition, public lectures, and the website produced for the project.

Schools will have the possibility of sending pupils to outreach workshops where some of the key findings from the project's performance-related elements can be presented and developed.

How will they benefit from this research?

There is great potential for enhancing the creative output of students and theatre practitioners from the project. The wider public as well as theatre companies will have easy access to plays from the period and information about those plays and their significance.

What will be done to ensure that they have the opportunity to benefit from this research?

The Marandet website of plays is freely accessible and the online articles generated by the project will similarly be open access.
An exhibition is planned to make the research findings accessible to the wider public.
Theatre workshops will be filmed for educational and research purposes and be made available beyond the attendees at the workshops.

Publications

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Astbury, K. (2015) Le Robinson de l'Isle d'Elbe

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Hambridge K (2015) Staging Singing in the Theater of War (Berlin, 1805) in Journal of the American Musicological Society

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Siviter C (2014) Le Theatre en province pendant le Consulat et l'Empire in French Studies

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Siviter C (2016) Napoleon: a concise biography in Modern & Contemporary France

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Siviter, C. F. I. (2015) 'Continuity and Rupture' 1789-1830

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Siviter, C. F. I. (2017) Collectionner la Révolution Française

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Siviter, C. F. I. (2015) Censorship during the 100 Days

 
Title French Prisoner-of-war theatre at Portchester Castle 
Description Project team members provided English Heritage with research on the prisoner-of-war theatre built at Portchester Castle by French internees during the Napoleonic wars, contributing to the exhibition panels, guidebook and audioguide 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Greater awareness of site history for English Heritage staff and visitors 
URL http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/portchester-castle/history-and-stories/prisoners-the...
 
Title Recreating Portchester's French prisoner-of-war theatre 
Description A video made in conjunction with English Heritage exploring the prisoners' theatre and the restaging of one of their melodramas. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact greater understanding of history of site for English Heritage staff and visitors 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2uL-h4svVg
 
Title Roseliska 
Description A re-staging of the 3-act melodrama Roseliska, written by French prisoners of war in 1810. Performed at Portchester Castle in the space where it was originally staged. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Better understanding of the site's history for English Heritage staff at Portchester Castle 
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/research/french/currentprojects/stagingnapoleonicthea...
 
Title Video summary of the Foretresse du Danube workshop March 2014 
Description A video documentary outlining the research findings from and clips of the workshop held in March 2014 to investigate the use of musical cues in Pixer?court's la Forteresse du Danube and the English translation/adaptation by Hook & Hook. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The actors involved in the workshop said that it had changed their notion of historical acting. 
 
Description The project was genuinely interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars and methodological approaches from French Studies, Musicology and Theatre Studies. We have found that there is more innovation and greater freedom in theatrical production during the Napoleonic era than is generally accepted. We have also shown how cultural interaction between Britain and France was extensive, and included the theatricals of French prisoners of war held in the UK. The main focus of the first year was a joint conference with the Music department at King's College London on melodrama (March 2014) which looked at the development of melodrama as a genre in the early 19th century and established, by comparison between British, German and French theatre, the essential elements of each national tradition. A key part of the findings was derived from a performance-based research workshop bringing together actors, musicians, directors and academics to explore the role of music in the French melodrama La Forteresse du Danube (1805) and its translation into English (the Fortress, 1807). The music for the two versions produced very different effects. A video outlining our findings premiered at the world congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research in July 2014 and a documentary exploring the findings more fully is available on the university of Warwick website.
The team ran a panel at this IFTR congress to show how close textual readings of French plays of the period can be linked to larger cultural, social and political issues through contextualisation with particular focus on questions of genre, the role of the press and exchanges (of texts, ideas, and individuals) between France, Britain and the German-speaking world.

The focus of year 2's work was the interrelationship of theatre and politics, particularly during the 100 days of 1815, and the use of theatre by prisoners of war. We also explored genre boundaries and notions of rewriting. This year's performance-led workshop was on vaudeville, one of the most widespread theatrical form of the period, and one which allowed us to explore further the relationship between text and music.

The focus of year 3 was the role of cultural policy, decrees and imperial interventions, particularly but not exclusively relating to theatre. The project concluded with an international conference to look at cultural policy during the Revolution and Empire to chart continuities and rupture between the 2 periods. We also explored the origins of the university of Warwick's Marandet collection in more detail.We have begun creating a calendar of performances for the Paris theatres for the Empire period as none is currently available.

Both PhD students have successfully completed their PhDs and the two postdocs attached to the project have found permanent lectureships. Follow-on funding was granted by the AHRC to stage some of the plays we have been studying.
Exploitation Route We are working in collaboration with the US-based melodrama research consortium and the French-based Therepsicore projects to pool data and research expertise.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://ftne.hypotheses.org/
 
Description The team took part in the Literally Coventry schools book festival (June 2014) where pupils from Caludon School helped us work out how the musical cues and text of Act 2 of Pixerécourt's Robinson Crusoe fitted together. We visited Oxford High where pupils were involved in performance research by acting out scenes from Pixerécourt's La Femme à deux maris (Oct 2013), explored how Napoleon's 100 days were staged (Oct 2014) and used prints with a theatrical theme to explore whether Napoleon was a hero or a villain (March 2016). As part of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015, we co-curated an online exhibition on Napoleon's last stand, 100 days in 100 objects. We gave 2 concerts linked to the exhibition and a talk at the Cheltenham Music Festival. English Heritage are using some of the team's research to inform the reinterpretation and exhibition displays at Portchester castle. We made a film about Napoleon and the Royal Navy with officers in training at the Royal Britannia Naval College in Dartmouth and premiered the film there February 2017, creating a link between the midshipmen of 1815 and the officers in training today.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description AHRC follow-on funding
Amount £90,765 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/P00394X/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2016 
End 09/2017
 
Description Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick
Amount £400 (GBP)
Organisation University of Warwick 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 09/2014
 
Description Postgraduate travel grant
Amount £30 (GBP)
Organisation Society for French Studies 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Unknown
Start 06/2015 
End 06/2015
 
Description Melodrama Performance Workshop Portchester Castle 
Organisation English Heritage
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Working with English Heritage to stage a performance/workshop of original melodrama, Roseliska, written by French prisoners at Portchester Castle.
Collaborator Contribution We have obtained permission from English Heritage to stage a performance and we are currently waiting on additional funding to be approved. We have had access to the facilities and archives.
Impact No outcomes at the moment. The performance/workshop will not take place before 2017.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Revolutionary Researchers Doctoral Network 
Organisation King's College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have so far organised one study day and three reading groups, with another study afternoon for later this term. We have members from Europe and North America and run a blog and associated twitter account with an international audience.
Collaborator Contribution ditto
Impact Blog: https://revolutionaryresearchers.wordpress.com Multi-disciplinary - French Studies, Theatre Studies, Musicology, History of Art, English, History
Start Year 2014
 
Description collaboration with English Heritage 
Organisation English Heritage
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We offered our research expertise to the reinterpretation team preparing a new exhibition at Portchester Castle, advising on the panels, the reconstructed stage, the dressing-up box contents, illustrations. Our performance of one of the prisoner-of-war melodramas was the launch event for the new exhibition and music from that performance is being used in the audio guide. The information on the Portchester website about the theatre is drawn from our research and we were part of the video made to mark the exhibition launch. We have taken part in a family weekend at the castle and run a schools event on the melodrama.
Collaborator Contribution English Heritage have been exemplary partners. They let us have access to the keep for rehearsals and the performance, facilitated our work with the events team and the education team and allowed us to share our research with a new audience.
Impact exhibition; schools events; family days; online material; audio guide;. guide book; conference papers; podcasts; recording of dress rehearsal
Start Year 2017
 
Description collaboration with the ERC-funded Music in London project (KCL) 
Organisation King's College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution My postdoctoral fellow co-organised with The Music in London team a conference (March 2014) and a series of reading groups before the conference (Nov 2013-Feb 2014).
Collaborator Contribution The Music in London team hosted the co-organised conference and paid for the speakers' flights. The contributions are in kind.
Impact Volume of conference proceedings and video outlining the findings of the workshop which preceded the conference (both forthcoming)
Start Year 2013
 
Description joint doctoral training with Clermont-Ferrand 
Organisation Blaise Pascal University
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I arranged for British Revolutionary and Empire PhD & early career fellows to have a joint doctoral training event with their peers at Blaise Pascal.
Collaborator Contribution The CHEC covered all subsistence and accommodation costs for the British speakers and the Napoleonic theatre team. They hosted the doctoral training event.
Impact Named as an international partner on a bid to the ANR for a project on la cité républicaine. The project was A-graded but not funded but will be resubmitted.
Start Year 2014
 
Description melodrama collaboration with Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond 
Organisation Georgian Theatre Royal
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration with Georgian Theatre Royal to produce a play in a week and schools workshops as part of the town's annual GeorgeFest in August 2017.
Collaborator Contribution The Georgian Theatre Royal are providing access to the theatre, marketing and front of house staff.
Impact follow-on funding bid to AHRC for project on Staging Napoleonic theatre
Start Year 2016
 
Description 'Power and the People, Theater in France 1789-1815', The Age of Revolutions, February 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 1000 word blog post on theatre in France between 1789 and 1815, commissioned and hosted by The Age of Revolutions blog. This blog is based in America and has a large international readership.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ageofrevolutions.com/2017/02/13/power-and-the-people-theater-in-france-1789-1815/
 
Description 'Song and Satire: An Evening's Balladry for Bonaparte and the British' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A concert and talk at the British Museum to tie in with the Museum's Bonaparte and the British exhibition, March 2015 to a capacity audience of c. 200. The curator commented that the sell-out audience was left with a much increased awareness of the complexity of contemporary attitudes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description 'Song and Satire: An Evening's Balladry for Bonaparte and the British' (British Museum) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'Song and Satire: An Evening's Balladry for Bonaparte and the British' was a concert held in the British Museum's exhibition of Napoleon caricatures. As well as performing music composed and used under Napoleon in France, German lands and Great Britain, we talked to the audience about the political uses of music in this period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=2016&title=Song%20an...
 
Description 100 Days Online Exhibition - Napoleon Attends 'Hector' at the Comédie Française 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The exhibition reached an international audience, through the website but also through its circulation on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter individuals responded with direct messages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.100days.eu/items/show/69
 
Description 100 days exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact an online exhibition to mark the bicentenary of Napoleon's return to power in 1815. The Last Stand: Napoleon's 100 days in 100 objects. Edited by Katherine Astbury, Katherine Hambridge, Mark Philp, Tim Clayton
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.100days.eu
 
Description Aspiration Day, Warwick 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I met with school children and gave a talk about what studying languages was like, and what my research involved. We then did some activities involving the French Revolution and Napoleon which they really enjoyed. They were surprised to learn that studying languages does not just involve grammar, that it can stretch back into history, and that you can spend time abroad during your degree.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Beyond Beethoven: Napoleon and Waterloo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk to a sell-out audience on Beyond Beethoven: Napoleon and Waterloo, at Cheltenham Music Festival July 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Conference Panel: Staging Napoleonic Theatre in Paris, London and the Provinces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Bringing Paris to Portchester - Actors and Staging in Roseliska at City, Space, and Spectacle in Nineteenth-Century Performance Conference, Venice June 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Echoes of 1815: A concert of music from 1815 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A concert of music from 1815 to mark the launch of The Last Stand: Napoleon's 100 days in 100 objects, at Warwick, February 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/research/french/currentprojects/napoleonictheatre...
 
Description Festival of the Imagination, University of Warwick 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Warwick Festival of the Imagination, Modern Languages stand. This was a festival to show case the university's research to the general public in conjunction with its 50th birthday. We engaged with children from a very young age to elderly pensioners. Several parents declared that their children were not interested in, or could not do languages but we managed to convince them otherwise!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/warwick50/events/imagination/
 
Description Film: The Poor Gentleman. Napoleon Bonaparte and HMS Bellerophon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We made a film about the onboard theatricals performed for Napoleon when he was on board HMS Bellerophon in July 1815, using current Royal Navy officers in training in Dartmouth to recreate scenes from the plays. The film was then premiered in the Royal Britannia Naval Training College museum to an audience of college staff and current officers in training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description French Theatre of the Napoleonic Era Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This blog records out project progress and allows it to be accessed by members of the general public and anyone with internet access.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015
URL http://ftne.hypotheses.org
 
Description Hands-On Marandet Collection Session 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact In both years, 10-20 undergraduate students attended the hands-on session with the Marandet Collection at the University of Warwick. Many of the students did not know of the collection's existence and they said it transformed their understanding and appreciation of Revolutionary and Napoleonic theatre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description Literally Coventry schools book festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The pupils helped the team work out how the musical cues and text of Act 2 of Pixerécourt's Robinson Crusoe (1805) fitted together. This is the first time the music and text have been put together for 200 years... The performance workshop sparked plenty of discussion about how to match music and action and provided the team with plenty of food for thought as well as changing the pupils' understanding of the role of music in theatre.

After the session, the school asked if we could work with them again.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Online Exhibition - 100 Days in 100 Objects - Censorship during the 100 Days 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The exhibition reached an international audience, through the website but also through its circulation on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter individuals responded with direct messages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.100days.eu/items/show/87
 
Description Pre-Concert Talk: 'Napoleon, Beethoven and Waterloo' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a pre-concert talk for the Cheltenham Music Festival, preceding a concert including a Beethoven String Quartet from 1811. This allowed us to talk the way that Napoleon's rule affected musical life and composition, and how Napoleon used music politically, in particular in the theatre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/whats-on/2015/talk-napoleon-beethoven-and-waterloo/
 
Description Prisoners of War and Human Rights in Europe before Geneva: International Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Delivered 10 minute paper on PoW theatre at Portchester Castle
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/news/events/prisoners_of_war/
 
Description Public Lecture-Concert 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 4 March 2017 Dr Katherine Hambridge introduced visitors to the Bowes Museum to the music of Napoleon's reign in a lecture-concert entitled: "Music and the Allure of Napoleon". Together with pianist Mark Austin and singers Oskar McCarthy and Héloïse Werner, Dr Hambridge asked what the art-form meant for Napoleon and those living under his rule, exploring how music served to project-or undercut-the allure of the Napoleonic regime: from the elegance of the salons and the sumptuous spectacle of the opera, to the relentless, irreverent satire of the boulevard theatres and the enthusiasm and violence of popular song. The lecture concert was programmed to coincide with an exhibition on "The Allure of Napoleon" and admission was free with museum entrance.

There were about 60-70 audience members (including students from local universities), who asked questions afterwards and filled in questionnaires for the Bowes Museum. The audience members spoke of a transformative effect on their understanding of music and politics, as well as being introduced to new repertoire that they would like to pursue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/music/about/news/?itemno=30672&rehref=%2Fmusic%2F&resubj=Headlines
 
Description Revolutionary Researchers Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This blog has currently been seen by 149 people across nineteen countries from North America to Asia. It has incited interest and other students to join the associated doctoral network, 'Revolutionary Researchers.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
URL https://revolutionaryresearchers.wordpress.com
 
Description School Visit (Trevor Roberts School, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I presented a talk on music and theatre under Napoleon to 11-13 years olds, which included explanation of how Napoleon used music politically, and included the children's participation (singing). The children asked lots of questions in the discussion time afterwards, and in collected questionnaires indicated that they had discovered new lines of interest and thought.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description School Visits (Oxford High School for Girls) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact We held two seminars for French students at the Oxford High School for Girls, the first on early nineteenth-century French melodrama, the second on the music of the 100 Days (1815). In both cases the students participated in acting or singing, and in discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
 
Description School visit Oxford High 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 15 pupils attended a talk and workshop. In 2013 on the relationship between music and melodrama in 19th-century France and in 2014 on Staging Napoleon's 100 days.

The school asked for the visit. 2013 visit seems to have led to an increase in the numbers applying to university to study languages this year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
 
Description Staging Melodrama: Roseliska at Portchester Castle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 80 members of the public in Portchester and surrounding areas were invited to performance of an original PoW play, Roseliska, transcribed from an original play text in Victoria & Albert Museum archives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/research/french/currentprojects/stagingnapoleonicthea...
 
Description Talk on French Theatre of the Napoleonic era 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk on French Theatre of the Napoleonic Era, Institute for Historical Research, 12 January 2015
A podcast recording of the paper can be found here: http://frenchhistorysociety.co.uk/blog/?p=267
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://frenchhistorysociety.co.uk/blog/?p=267
 
Description The Last Stand: Napoleon's 100 Days in 100 Objects 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was an online exhibition providing a different perspective on the events of 1815; instead of reiterating Wellington's victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, by releasing an object each day (with the image and commentary contributed by academics, archivists and curators around the world), we drew attention to the events leading up to the battle, and their effect on a range of people. This brought to light the opinions and experiences of women, of those around the globe affected by Napoleon's return to France, the ambivalence of those in Britain towards going back to war with Napoleon when he had popular support among the French. As well as simply informing people about the period, and showcasing international collections, the exhibition also raised wide-reaching issues of political legitimacy and popular sovereignty.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.100days.eu
 
Description Warwick tea time talk (Warwick History Festival) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The town of Warwick held a History Festival during the autumn of 2016. As part of this, I gave a talk on Napoleon's theatrical body to a small (about 20) but very attentive audience who engaged in lively questions and debate afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Workshop (Literally Coventry Book Festival) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact After a shore introduction to the genre of melodrama, and its early nineteenth-century context, students at the Literally Coventry schools book festival split rehearsed a scene from a French melodrama in translation with the original musical score, improvising and then discussing stage movement. The students realised the link between the genre and the way music is used in films today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014