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"DAVIES'S EXCITING AND READABLE BOOK IS A THEATRE-HISTORY GAMECHANGER"

--- Prof. Emma Smith, Oxford (author of This is Shakespeare)

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Hello!

I'm a writer and researcher specialising in people having fun in 16th- and 17th-century England. I also concentrate on accessible, public forms of history and heritage. I'm enthusiastic about teaching and sharing research with new audiences and collaborative creativity.  I'm Lecturer in Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture at the University of Southampton.

You can find out more about my writing and research here. My latest book, What is a Playhouse?, is an accessible exploration of England's earliest playing spaces. It was one of History Today's Books of the Year 2023

My teaching spans a range of higher education and drama institutions, Shakespeare's Globe, and bespoke classes in secondary schools. I have experience working in research and engagement for national collections and of academic consultancy for museums. I have created websites and educational tools and planned and delivered an array of public events and workshops.  You can find out more about my experience here.

I'm a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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"Davies brilliantly explores and expands our understanding of what an early modern playhouse was in London and beyond,"

--- Heather Knight,  MCIfA, FSA, archaeologist who led the excavations of Curtain, Theatre and Boar’s Head playhouses.

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