CFP: [Theatre] "Attend the Tale...": New Contexts for Sweeney Todd

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Dr Kelly Jones
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Saturday 31 May 2008
Lincoln School of Performing Arts
Centre for Innovation in Performing Arts, University of Lincoln

In the wake of Tim Burton’s recent film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s
musical, Sweeney Todd, this symposium seeks to investigate how the legend
has been variously re-configured and re-contextualised through a variety
of media since its inception as an urban myth. Since George Dibdin-Pitt’s
1847 stage melodrama based on the novel, The String of Pearls, the story
of ‘the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ has been adapted and appropriated in
various live performances, cinematic and televisual contexts. This
symposium aims to explore how and why the legend has captured the popular
imagination for over a hundred and fifty years and invites papers that
will consider topics such as: the process of adaptation, the relationship
between urban legend and performance as manifest in selected versions of
the tale, and the place of the story in the melodramatic imagination.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words in length may be submitted to Dr Kelly
V. Jones ( by Friday 25th April.

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