A new series of educational conferences will use Shakespeare’s plays to tackle some of the most urgent issues facing young people today.

Inspired by our ‘Rome’ Season, which includes Shakespeare’s great political thrillers - Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus - For The Good of Rome is a mixture of online provocations and physical conferences aimed at 16-19 year olds and undergraduate students.

As well as exploring issues of identity, citizenship and political rhetoric, the series will also examine the role and responsibility of women in positions of power in the wake of recent research which indicates a worrying rise in mental health issues amongst young women.

A student conference

The programme begins with a series of online provocations in January 2017. Three day-long physical conferences will then follow at The Other Place (TOP) in Stratford-upon-Avon on 6 April, and 2 and 8 May 2017.

Our Director of Education Jacqui O’Hanlon said: “Shakespeare’s Rome plays are as relevant now as they have ever been, acting as a mirror to the world and reflecting many of issues that we see unfolding in the world around us. It is a particular responsibility of schools and other educators to ensure that young people are aware of and actively involved in addressing these issues – especially around the erosion of self-confidence amongst young women and the evolving political landscape. Young people need to be actively engaged in those conversations and this conference series provides a timely and thought-provoking way for them to begin to interrogate some of those difficult subjects in a secure and meaningful way.”

Find out more about the For The Good of Rome conference series.

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