Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Free Shakespeare Course on Futurelearn
Anyone who know me well will know I have a real passion for theatre and that I worked in stage management for several years. Also, that I love Shakespeare. I did a course on the free Futurelearn platform a couple of years which I really enjoyed. It is being run again, for those who might be interested. It's very easy to register and if you decide to join you can begin at the beginning very easily and catch up quickly. It began on Monday of this week so you're only a few days behind if you want to join in. It is a joint project run by Warwick University, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Warwick Business School. The lead educator is Jonathan Bate. It's something of a coincidence that I recently bought his book " Soul of The Age: The Life and Mind of William Shakespeare, so I'm reading in in parallel with the course. You get a series of short videos, running for up to 10 minutes, and Jonathan Bate uses objects from the archives of the Birthplace Trust that are relevant to the life of Shakespeare, for example, a signet ring which was discovered in a field near Stratford-Upon-Avon which may or may not have belonged to Shakespeare, as it has the initials 'W.S.' engraved on it. Also, copies of manuscripts, folios etc etc. As you progress through the course, and you can go at your own pace, there is no need to rush through the course, you can leave comments and discuss with other students on the course, by writing in the spaces provided and so learn as you go along. At the end of each week (the whole course runs for 10 weeks.) there are quizzes so you can see how you are progressing.