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Winter School 2021

A programme of talks and conversations focusing on the festive comedy Twelfth Night

Our popular Winter School is moving online for 2021. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's annual Winter School has been bringing together Shakespeare enthusiasts from around the world for over thirty years. As we move online this year, there continues to be a rich and varied programme of talks and conversations with Shakespeare experts and theatre professionals, as well as opportunities to connect with fellow enthusiasts.

Whether you are a Winter School veteran, or someone looking to engage with Shakespeare and try something new, in the words of Feste "we'll strive to please you every day".

Tickets are priced at £100. Booking required.

Day One: Wednesday 24th February

10.00am
Welcome and Introduction by Nick Walton

10.05am
Twelfth Night: Perspectives
Theatrical - Carol Chillington Rutter (University of Warwick)
Critical - Ailsa Grant-Ferguson (University of Brighton)
Textual - Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)

10.45am
Introduction by Nick Walton

10.50am
Twelfth Night: Music
Bill Barclay (Artistic Director of Concert Theatre Works) in conversation with Anjna Chouhan

11.30am
Post-session online ‘foyer chat’

12.00 noon - Lunch Break

2.00pm
Screening of Twelfth Night (Shanty Films, directed by Adam Smethurst)

4.00pm
Post-performance online ‘foyer chat’

4.30pm - End of day


Day Two: Thursday 25th February

10.00am
Welcome and Introduction by Nick Walton

10.05am
Twelfth Night: On Film

Adam Smethurst (Director of Twelfth Night, Shanty Productions) in conversation with Nick Walton

10.45am
Introduction by Nick Walton

10.50am
Twelfth Night: On Stage
Emma Fielding in conversation with Paul Edmondson

11.30am
‘Cakes and Ale Quiz’ hosted by Darren Freebury-Jones

11.55am
Closing remarks

12.00 noon
Farewell online ‘foyer chat’

12.30pm - Broadcast ends

*Timings and programme subject to change


Guest speakers:

Bill Barclay is a director, composer, writer, producer, and is the Artistic Director of Concert Theatre Works. Bill was director of music at Shakespeare’s Globe from 2012-2019 producing music for over 130 productions and 150 concerts. Bill lectures widely on the music of the spheres and is a leading international voice on music.

Emma Fielding is known for her many roles on stage and screen, and is the author of Twelfth Night (Viola): Actors on Shakespeare. Emma has played a wide range of Shakespearian roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company including: Isabella (Measure for Measure); Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Imogen (Cymbeline); and Viola (Twelfth Night).

Adam Smethurst is a writer, director, and actor and has worked on many of the leading stages across the country and internationally appearing in numerous Shakespeare productions. He is co-founder of Shanty productions, an independent film company committed to producing drama that speaks to a diverse audience.

Professor Carol Chillington Rutter is Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. She writes about Shakespeare (and his contemporaries) both in early modern and in subsequent performance. A historian of the early modern stage, she is also engaged with writing contemporary theatre history.

Dr. Ailsa Grant-Ferguson is Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton. Her research is in the field of early modern English literature and its afterlives especially Shakespeare in performance and cultural contexts, performance and gender, literary commemoration, heritage and memory, and early modern women’s writing.

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