Society and the Individual

A series of discussion events exploring the nature of individuality within society, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Measure for Measure.

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Panel discussions at The Other Place Studio Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Taming of the Shrew: Kate and Petruchio in the age of #MeToo

Thursday 25 April 2019, 5 - 6.15pm

The #MeToo social media movement saw widespread reporting of sexual assault and harassment. In contrast, Elizabethan women were expected to submit to a ‘suitable’ marriage regardless of their feelings or ambitions. In our new production of The Taming of the Shrew the genders are reversed, which allows a modern audience to question the balance of power between Petruchio and Kate. 

The Taming of the Shrew panel

  • Terri Paddock - Chair

  • Justin Audibert

  • Joan Iyiola

  • Dr Emma Whipday


As You Like It: Does your society represent you?

Thursday 30 May, 5 - 6.15pm

As You Like It opens as Britain leaves the European Union. In Shakespeare’s lifetime scientific discoveries were questioning religious dogma. In these times of great change how are our feelings of conformity and belonging affected? Can you be who you want? Can you determine your path through life, free of the restrictions of convention? What does leaving the Court for the Forest of Arden mean for Rosalind and the other characters in the play?

As You Like It panel

  • Jessica Fostekew - Chair

  • Kimberley Sykes

  • Yomi Adegoke

  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown


Measure for Measure: To whom should I complain?

Thursday 8 August, 5 - 6.15pm

Shakespeare wrote about human nature, allowing his work to reflect communities and events throughout history. Measure for Measure is set in a society where straitlaced, buttoned up conservatism rubs against more liberated, uninhibited ways of thinking. A woman is compromised by a man in authority. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one will believe her. “To whom should I complain?” she asks.



Tickets for the discussions cost £8. You can book tickets online by clicking the links above, by phoning the RSC Ticket Hotline on 01789 403493, or by calling into the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.