Where | Alban Room

Cost | £12 (£6 students)

Speaker | Dr Susan Sachon, author, director and historian 

What made a modern composer bequeath his skull to the RSC for performances of Hamlet? 

Why did a priest feel compelled to bless their performances of Macbeth in 1976?

In Shakespeare’s time, people believed that words could physically harm or heal. How did that shape his word choices? And how can we understand its effect on the human brain in modern terms? Join author, director and academic Susan Sachon as she excavates some of the Bard’s memorable examples, and explains how her studies led her to pen a thriller with an actor’s skull at its heart.


About Susan | Susan Sachon lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, where she enjoys writing, reading, spending time with her family and directing plays for local drama groups. In her business life, she’s worked as a secretary, taught adults and run a theatre school for youngsters. She has a PhD in Shakespeare Studies (Royal Holloway, University of London), and is the author of Daggers of the Mind, an academic book published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2020, and So Now Go Tell, a Shakespeare-themed thriller published by Troubador in 2023.

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