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Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon is Professor of Theatre and Director of the Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London where in 2003 he introduced the first British MA in Musical Theatre for producers and writers. With David Peimer, he has been working on Decolonising Shakespeare, a practice research project, of which this piece forms a part.
Shylock and Caliban Speak
Playwrights Robert Gordon and David Peimer present their new play. Shakespeare’s ‘outsiders’ Shylock and Caliban talk back to the societies that have persecuted them over centuries. Their stories speak urgently. Who is a citizen? Who an ‘alien’? As recurring forces of racism and nationalism frame cultural identity, where do Shylock and Caliban belong? With original African and Jewish music, the play promises a surprising new approa to The Merchant of Venice and T...
The Holocaust in Italian Culture
Fascist Italy was the model for Nazi Germany, and Mussolini Hitler’s prime World War Two ally. Italy was a theatre of war and a victim of Nazi persecution after 1943 as resistance, collaboration and civil war raged. Many thousands were deported to concentration camps across Europe. But how did Italy deal with unresolved questions about the Holocaust? After the war, Italian culture produced a vast array of stories, images, and debate through which it sought to come to terms with what...