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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.”

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“[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!”
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