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

As You Like It: Does your society represent you?

Thursday 30 May, 5 - 6.15pm

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 As You Like It?

As You Like It panel


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.