A series of one day conferences on the Rome Season for A-Level and undergraduate students
What will happen
Join us for a series of one-day conferences exploring some of the central questions posed by Shakespeare's Rome plays, in particular Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra. The series will look at themes including the power of the state, the duty and role of the citizen, and democracy versus dictatorship, and will be supported by online provocations and conversations. Young people will have the opportunity to examine the creative choices made in the productions and to talk with actors, directors, leading political figures and academics about the relevance of the plays to their own lives.
The programme begins with a series of online provocations in January 2017. Three day-long conferences will then follow at The Other Place (TOP) in Stratford-upon-Avon in April and May 2017.
For the good of Rome: Citizens and the state - 6 April 2017
The first conference will take an in-depth look at the life cycle of the Roman Empire to look at identity; what it means to belong and who represents us and our views. Young people will be invited to debate their responsibilities as members of a democracy and question what happens when ‘the many’ take control of decision making instead of ‘the few’?
For the good of Rome: Rhetoric and the art of persuasion - 2 May 2017
This second session will focus on the role of public speaking in Julius Caesar and how it compares to the place of rhetoric in modern politics. The day explores whether politics is all about strategies of persuasion; questions whether political speaking is still relevant or holds any power; and examines how the media and social media are influencing and shaping the modern political landscape.
For the good of Rome: Women and power - 8 May 2017
The final conference will focus on Antony & Cleopatra and the role of women as leaders and figureheads in society. Centering around a discussion of Cleopatra’s leadership, the day will examine whether Shakespeare was interested in the complexities of his female characters; what it meant then and means now to be a woman in a position of power; and whether or not we value and admire the same qualities in female leaders as we do in male leaders?
KS5 and Undergraduate. Students can attend for one, two or all three of the conferences.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Other Place and Clore Learning Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
£30 per student per conference (RSC Education Members), £35 per student per conference (non-Members)
How to book
Booking for these events opens for RSC Education Members on Monday 17 October and for non-Members on 24 October. Call the RSC Education Ticket Hotline on 01789 403434 (8.30am-5pm, Mon-Fri during UK term time)