This group meets during the winter months from October to April.

The approach is to look closely at the text while also considering the social and literary contexts within which Shakespeare was working and the implications for performance, then and now.

There is usually introductory material prior to each session to give a focus for the subsequent discussion. It has proved a lively group over the last two years, relaxed and friendly with an emphasis on everyone feeling free to contribute.

New members are most welcome to join the group, or to come for an initial visit to test the water! No previous knowledge of Shakespeare is required, just a willingness to read and engage with his work.


This year, following film and theatre presentations over this summer, we will be looking at two plays which focus on the end of the Roman republic and the beginnings of imperial power:

'Julius Caesar' and 'Anthony and Cleopatra'

The expansion of military forces in the last two centuries BC, and the subsequent rise of powerful leaders remains a topic as current as ever. The associated struggle between private moral principle and public pragmatism is also familiar to us today.

Shakespeare’s penetrating exploration of these issues is presented in two contrasting ways in the two plays, giving us the pleasure of discovering a wide variety of characterisation and language within dramatic form.

We meet every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 2 – 4pm at the Studio at St Elphin’s, Darley Dale. There is a charge of £1 or £2 per person per session to cover room hire.

For more information, contact Maggie Shields by clicking on her name or by telephone on 01629 534138,

Last updated on 28 August, 2017
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