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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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

2018

Courses for 13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 year olds

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 24th June to 7th July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 24th June to 7th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 1st July to 14th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 1st July to 14th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 8th July to 21st July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 8th July to 21st July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 15th July to 28th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 15th July to 28th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age group)
    • • 22nd July to 4th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 29th July to 11th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 3 week credit-bearing course at Wroxton College: £5,645
    • • 1st July to 21st July, Wroxton College (18-24 age group)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 24th June to 21st July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 1st July to 28th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age group)
    • • 24th June to 21st July, Oxford (13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 age group)
    • • 8th July to 4th August, Oxford (13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 age group)

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials (16-17 and 18-24 only) and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day
  • All evening meals at local restaurants (16-17 and 18-24 only)
  • A three-course college banquet on Friday evening
  • Lunch for students aged 13-15 three times a week and all evening meals (3 times a week at local restaurants)
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

Courses for 10-12 year olds

Held at Wycombe Abbey

  • • One week: £1,495 – Starting July 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 1st, 8th and 15th
  • • Three weeks: £3,995 – Starting July 1st and 8th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 1st

Included in the 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.