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'Once more into the breach, dear friends' is probably one of the few bits of Shakespeare remembered by every English schoolboy, but warfare and its consequences were actually a recurring theme in the great playwright's prodigious output.
On Saturday, April 2, Dr Richard Moore, visiting lecturer in English Literature at Newcastle University, will host a study day entitled Shakespeare and War.
This will focus both on Shakespeare’s “Age of Kings” dramas, particularly on Henry V, but will also examine the far more sophisticated approach to the state of war as portrayed in Troilus and Cressida.
Shakespeare was writing at a time when the state of war was a constant presence – the Armada crisis was only 10 years before, and the threat to English sovereignty from foreign invasion was an ever present concern, so his fascination with the theme was understandable.
This study day will take place at Berwick Voluntary Centre in Tweed Street, from 10am to 3pm.
The fee of £17 includes refreshments.
Full details of the course syllabus and application forms are available from the BEA website at www.berwickea.co.uk/programme or by contacting the bookings secretary Alison Tymon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, phone 01289 305842.