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Clare Smout (Drama & Literature)

  • Hugely experienced tutor now living in Ludlow.
  • has been a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham and a Madingley Hall (Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education) Tutor since 2007.
  • Specialise in drama and particularly the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
  • Spent twenty years in professional theatre and drama
Clare describes her teaching approach as “essentially interactive”. Most of her sessions are a combination of informal lecturing, full group discussion and small group work. They generally include DVD clips of the plays being studied and occasionally involve students in reading short extracts.

Clare adds, “I believe that the strength of Continuing Education courses comes from the opportunity for students to exchange ideas and debate interpretations, as well as to gain insights from the tutor’s specialist knowledge and enthusiasms.”

Fot those of you who are asking, we are also working on trying to revive our popular EXPERIENCE THEATRE courses in some way with Clare’s help.

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“I enjoyed the interaction on the course. Reading bits of the plays took me back to school!”
“[Clare is] an excellent tutor – extremely well prepared and stimulating, very knowledgeable re the texts as one would expect, but also able to offer interesting new perspectives based on her background as a theatre director.”
“Thank you for being good enough to support courses like this – so many places won’t these days. Even though you are running with small numbers to get it going, it is an excellent experience with a knowledgeable and erudite tutor who really knows her subject… Please keep it up!”

March 2022


Friday March 11, 2022 at 18:30 to Sunday March 13, 2022 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Antony and Cleopatra: the most famous lovers of the ancient world and older equivalents of Romeo and Juliet. Or is Antony just foolishly infatuated and Cleopatra coldly manipulative? Join us to explore contrasting interpretations of this fascinating play and Shakespeare’s most enigmatic heroine. Clare Smout (W Midlands www.highamhall.com/clare-smout) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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