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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.”

Upcoming Courses

February 2018

SHAKESPEARE’S REBELLIOUS WOMEN: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW AND MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

February 23rd at 18:30 to February 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Chase away the winter blues by exploring two of Shakespeare's most popular comedies through a mix of lectures, DVD clips and group discussion. We will concentrate particularly on the feisty heroines of these plays, looking also at how society tries to control their rebellious instincts and how their apparently more biddable 'sisters' challenge the system by other means. NEW TUTOR: Clare Smout (W. Midlands www.highamhall.com/clare-smout) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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September 2018

EXPLORING KING LEAR: SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGIC MASTERPIECE

September 14th at 18:30 to September 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore a powerful tragedy of two families and kingdom destroyed by rivalry and misunderstanding. Focus on the play's themes, narrative and sources, examine how Shakespeare uses language, structure and visual imagery to influence his audience. Clare Smout (W. Midlands www.highamhall.com/clare-smout) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164

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