A series of one day conferences on the Rome Season for A-Level students.
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 March 2017. Three day-long conferences will then follow at The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon in April and May 2017.
Focusing on Antony & Cleopatra: Politics is an inherently unfair system where the few have power over the many.
6 April 2017. Hosted by Iqbal Khan
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’?
Julius Caesar: The art of rhetoric has no place or power in modern politics.
2 May 2017. Hosted by George Alagiah
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.
Women and Leadership
Antony & Cleopatra: The qualities we value in male leaders are seen as negative in women.
8 May 2017. Hosted by Erica Whyman
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. 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). This includes a ticket to the evening performance.
How to book
Call the RSC Education Ticket Hotline on 01789 403434 (8.30am-5pm, Mon-Fri during UK term time)
Can't make it to Stratford-upon-Avon?
If you and your students can't make it to Stratford-upon-Avon you can get involved in other ways.
Live Streaming: We will be live streaming the panel discussions at the end of each Conference, schools can sign up for free, watch and ask questions live to our panel.
Make a Film: Via social media and our website we will be setting provocations for students to consider and we will then invite digital filmed responses from schools as the students explore the relevance to these plays to their own lives.
Details of how to get involved to follow.