Study Theatre & Cultural Studies with Oxford Summer Courses

Theatre & Cultural Studies Summer School

How do people of one culture represent people of different cultures? How do dramatists portray diversity of race and religion? How should the classic plays of the past be performed in the multicultural societies of today?

This course will examine changing attitudes to diversity from the time of Shakespeare down to current controversies in contemporary theatre. Case studies will be taken mainly from English and French theatre, as well as African and Caribbean theatre in these languages, in order to provide a variety of contexts in which to explore these issues. Texts will be studied in original languages or English translation, according to the needs of each student. Students will have the opportunity to engage in staged readings of relevant texts. They will be encouraged to discuss their own perspectives on diversity in the theatre.

Courses

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your Theatre & Cultural Studies course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Main themes to be covered during the course

  • Power relations, Stereotyping and Otherness: Shakespeare 'Othello', Joe Penhall, 'Blue/Orange'.
  • Representing Jews: Shakespeare 'The Merchant of Venice', Racine 'Esther', Caryl Churchill 'Seven Jewish Children'.
  • Representing Muslims: Molière 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme', Racine 'Bajazet'.
  • Taboo and censorship: Voltaire's 'Mahomet'.
  • British Empire and French Empire: Caryl Churchill 'Cloud 9'.
  • The Empires Fight Back: C.L.R. James 'Toussaint', Aimé Césaire 'La Tragédie du Roi Christophe'.
  • Contesting the Theatre: Senouvo Agbota Zinsou 'On joue la comédie'.
  • Diversity: Colour-blind casting; Gender-blind casting; Performance Aesthetics; Theatre and Interculturalism.
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  • Theatre & Cultural Studies- 18-24 year olds course

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Staff

Dr David Maskell

Dr David Maskell

Dr David Maskell was Fellow and Tutor in Modern Languages at Oriel College from 1979 to 2004. His main research and teaching interests were Renaissance studies, French classical drama and Francophone theatre from Africa and the Caribbean. As Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College from 2004 he has translated and adapted plays for performance by both students and professional actors. These include Greek tragedies, a French medieval mystery play, Shakespeare, French classical tragedies, and African and Caribbean Francophone theatre. His recent productions over the last two years include his dramatizations in English verse of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' from the Latin, and of Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso' from the Italian. His current research is on theatre and interculturalism from the Renaissance to the present day, with special reference to representations of religious and cultural diversity in the theatre.

Prices and Dates

Select your Age Range

Course Start Dates
Courses – 10-12s 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018
1 Week – Wycombe Abbey £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495
2 Week – Wycombe Abbey £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795
3 Week – Wycombe Abbey £3,995 £3,995 £3,995 £3,995
4 Week – Wycombe Abbey £5,195 £5,195 £5,195
5 Week – Wycombe Abbey £6,295 £6,295
6 Week – Wycombe Abbey £7,395

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals including lunch
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course Start Dates
Courses – 13-15 24/06/2018 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018 12/08/2018
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) £4,395 £4,395 £4,395 £4,395
4 Weeks – Cambridge £7,895 £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) £8,350 £8,350
4 Weeks – Oxford & Cambridge £7,895 £7,895 £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation and Breakfast every day
  • All Evening Meals (at local restaurants 3 times a week) along with lunch 3 times a week
  • A three-course College Banquet on Friday evening
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course Start Dates
Courses – 16-17 24/06/2018 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018 12/08/2018
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) £4,395
2 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) £4,395
4 Weeks – Cambridge
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) £8,350
4 Weeks – Oxford & Cambridge £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and Breakfast every day
  • All Evening Meals at local restaurants
  • A three-course College Banquet on Friday evening
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course Start Dates
Courses – 18-24 24/06/2018 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018 12/08/2018
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) £4,395 £4,395 £4,395 £4,395
2 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) £4,395 £4,395
2 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,395
4 Weeks – Cambridge
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) £8,350 £8,350
4 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) £8,350
4 Weeks – Oxford & Cambridge £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and Breakfast every day
  • All Evening Meals at local restaurants
  • A three-course College Banquet on Friday evening
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance