In November 2014, the AHRC put out a call for Shakespeare scholars to share their research and help the BBC plan their programming for the 2016 quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. They stressed that PhD students were welcome to apply and so I did, and a few weeks later found myself at the Mailbox in Birmingham, presenting my work in front of a room of much more experienced academics and BBC executives from across the country. It was incredibly intimidating: I was only 14 months into my PhD and I’d spent days and days on my four-minute presentation. That day ultimately led to the creation of Shakespeare on Tour, a collection of 200 stories of regional Shakespeare performance based in part on my doctoral research. Together buying accutane in thailand with Dr Siobhan Keenan, I attended regular development meetings with the BBC, worked on pilot webpages, generated content and offered advice where necessary.
In the months leading up to the launch in April 2016, lots of local BBC radio stations picked up the stories and asked me for interviews; one morning I spoke to twelve stations back-to-back from a tiny live studio in Broadcasting House. If that wasn’t surreal enough, I was also invited onto BBC Breakfast, and sat on the infamous red sofa to talk about the project. I’m incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to talk about my research on such a broad stage – I would never have thought this was possible three years ago.