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We continue to meet on an occasional basis via Zoom. If new members wish to join us for these sessions, please email Ray.
Study of the plays will resume when face to face meetings become safe, but classes are currently suspended.
Everyone is welcome; please come and join us.
We advise dates of meetings via the web site and by e-mail, but they are usually held on MONDAYS at 10.00 a.m. in Mawdesley Village Hall or Stocks Hall. All welcome. The group is for all those with a love of Shakespeare and for those wishing to learn more about him and his plays.
The three principles on which we operate, based on the RSC's 'Stand Up for Shakespeare' are :-
Start it now (ie it's never too late to start)
Engage with the text as actively as possible
See it live
So far we have studied Macbeth, As You Like It, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, Othello, Richard II, both parts of Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Henry VIII, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, The Winter's Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure. We have visited Stratford to see Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard II (with David Tennant), Henry IV Pt 2, Henry V, King Lear, Troilus and Cressida, The Tempest and Much Ado; the Royal Exchange in Manchester to see As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream and we have seen Julius Caesar, Hamlet and Twelfth Night at The Lowry. We have also looked at the authorship question, the Radio 4 series 'Shakespeare's Restless World' and Shakespeare's links with Rufford Old Hall.
In a recent poll, the group voted Hamlet and Macbeth as its favourite plays. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night and the two parts of Henry IV were the runners up.
For the Shakespeare 400th anniversary we held the Great Shakespeare Bake Off. Bakes were entered on a Shakespearean theme. All were fantastic. Pictures were in a previous newsletter.