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Winter School 2021

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

Join our two day online event featuring livestreams, expert discussions and a Cakes and Ale quiz!

Our popular Winter School is moving online for 2021.

This year the course will run over two days, 24 and 25 February, focusing on the festive comedy Twelfth Night. The course will be available to watch live on YouTube and there will be an optional opportunity for participants to interact with one another in a virtual ‘chat’.

As we move online there continues to be a rich and varied programme of pre-recorded talks and conversations with Shakespeare experts and theatre professionals, as well as opportunities to connect with fellow enthusiasts.

Enjoy a live streamed showing of Adam Smethurst's film version of the play (Shanty Productions), starring Sheila Atim as Viola, a 'Cakes and Ale' Shakespeare Quiz, and expert explorations of the play itself from the composer (Bill Barclay), the film-maker (Adam Smethurst), the performer (Emma Fielding), the critic (Dr. Ailsa Grant-Ferguson), the editor (Dr. Paul Edmondson and Professor Sir Stanley Wells), and the theatre-goer/historian (Professor Carol Chillington Rutter).

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".

Technical requirements - in order to virtually ‘attend’ this course, please ensure that you are able to access YouTube on your computer. If you wish to participate in the online chats, you will need to set up an account on YouTube. Video conferencing software and webcams are not required for this course.

Tickets are priced at £100 per household. Booking required.

Day One: Wednesday 24th February, 10am-4.30pm

Welcome and Introduction by Nick Walton

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)

Introduction by Nick Walton

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

Post-session online ‘foyer chat’

12.00 noon - Lunch Break

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

Post-performance online ‘foyer chat’

4.30pm - End of day

Day Two: Thursday 25th February, 10am-12.30pm

Welcome and Introduction by Nick Walton

Twelfth Night: On Film

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

Introduction by Nick Walton

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

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

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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