Sample Weekly programme:
Monday: Two 2-hour workshops/seminars
Tuesday: Two 2-hour workshops
Wednesday: Formative work, trips, lectures by guest speakers, traditional seminars, other support activities
Thursday: Independent reading and research and reflective journals.
Friday: One 2-hour workshop
Saturday and Sunday: Free time
Week One, Othello, sample programme:
Two workshops/seminars. From 10am-12 noon students are introduced to the basic elements of the course, both critical and dramatic. They are advised on the nature of reflective journals and response papers. They are encouraged to begin developing an idea of what their performance piece – in week 4 – will be. They will be introduced to the archival materials available to them. This session will take place in the Teaching Grid. From 1pm to 3pm students will be introduced to “open space” learning through the use of a practical workshop “Staging the Witches”, a model of basic open-space learning practice incorporating significant use of archival materials.
Two workshops/seminars. Workshop 1 will focus on language and rhetoric, Workshop 2 will consider the material thematically. Both will begin to look at scenic form.
Two one-hour lectures (Professor Carol Rutter, Professor Jonathan Bate, Professor Stanley Wells, Dr Paul Edmondson). One two-hour seminar on context and critical approaches to Othello. Meetings with course tutors to discuss reflective journals, performance projects, and other preparation.
Visit to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: introduction to the collections of performance archives (including the archive of the Royal Shakespeare Company), early printed books and Shakespeare criticism. Independent research and reading. Work on reflective journals. RSC theatre performance in the evening.
One two-hour workshop. This will be given over to larger selections of text, including the discussion and performance of entire scenes. Students will begin putting into practice what they have learned during the earlier part of the week.
Weeks Two and Three will follow the above pattern.
Week Four – Venice
Students will travel on Saturday. Staff from Warwick will provide lectures, tours, and workshops connected with the relevant Venice sites. A structured programme of events will encourage students to incorporate the richness of the Venice experience into their final projects.
Saturday and Sunday
Introduction to Shakespeare's Venice. Guided tours.
Students will be assigned research tasks in the morning. These will be supervised by CAPITAL staff. Tasks may consist of locating and analysing specific cultural artifacts or locales, research work in local libraries and museums, or tasks related to the final presentation. The products of this research must be factored into the final presentation.
Tuesday - Wednesday
Students will spend the rest of their time in Venice preparing their presentation piece, working in small groups under the supervision of academic staff.
Production of presentation pieces in the early evening.
Writing up reflective journals. Vivas.
Return to UK and onward