On Wednesday the 20th of January, ten English
students from the Radley 6th form went to Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford to
listen to a talk on Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. The talk took place in the Norrington Room at
Blackwell's in celebration of Creation Theatre's plan to stage a performance of
'King Lear' in that very room. Four accomplished panellists were seated in front of a small
audience to discuss the play, arguably one of the most complex works of
Shakespeare, and to address aspects of the play which they found most
interesting and relevant to their research.
Blackwell’s Oxford were joined by Jonathan Croall, author of ‘Performing Lear’,
Lucy Askew, Creation Theatre’s Chief Executive, and Simon Palfrey, the author
of many books and a specialist in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, to
analyse 'The anguish of King Lear' and other pertinent questions
concerning Shakespeare's masterpiece.
Not only was this of great use to
many of the boys on the trip who are studying 'King Lear' as part of the
A-Level course, but also the discussion-based talk allowed boys to inquire into
parts of Shakespeare's work which they find most interesting.
Report by Oliver Donaldson, F Social