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Clare Smout (Drama & Literature)

  • Teaching Fellow based in the West Midlands at the University of Birmingham
  • Has also been 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.”

February 2019

SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT: TWINS, LOVE AND MADNESS

February 22nd at 18:30 to February 24th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore one of the most popular comedies. Identical twins generate comic confusion, challenging our assumptions about identity and gender, while the straight-laced Malvolio's hopeless attempt to woo his noble mistress by dressing in yellow stockings raises questions about love, ambition and madness. Clare Smout (W. Midlands www.highamhall.com/clare-smout) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164

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September 2019

SHAKESPEARE’S VENETIAN PLAYS: RACE, RELIGION AND SEXUALITY IN OTHELLO AND THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

September 13th at 18:30 to September 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Both plays feature outsiders due to religion, race, social status, gender or orientation. 400 years on, such issues are still topical. Join us to discuss Shakespeare's exploration of such themes - and why Venice is the backdrop. Clare Smout (W. Midlands www.highamhall.com/clare-smout) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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