Interactive Shakespeare

On Wednesday 12th September students had the opportunity to attend a Shakespeare lecture by Dr Daniel Swift of the New College of the Humanities (NCH). This was much more interactive than most university lectures and was in part a showpiece to illustrate the style of teaching which NCH will adopt when it opens its doors for the first time next week. Taking just a handful of speeches from the opening scene of King Lear, Dr Swift demonstrated how much information about status and morality in Lear’s court and family is given to the audience in the first few minutes of the play. He even led us to the conclusion that paradoxically it is the insincere speeches of Goneril and Regan which reflect our own ideas of what love is rather than honest words of Cordelia.

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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