“We know what we are, but not what we may be.” -Hamlet
A select group of Y11 students spent an illuminating day in the company of The Bard last week as participants in Keele University’s Shakespeare Conference, held annually for KS4 school students. The day consisted of workshops on Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, expertly led by PhD literature students, as well as an excellent lecture by Professor Susan Bruce. In an accessible and entertaining style she argued that both plays belong to the Renaissance crusade for the triumph of reason over irrationality: over superstition in Macbeth, inherited feuds in Romeo and Juliet.
Not only did the day prepare students for the kind of thinking they will need during their AS level course, but it was also a fantastic showcase for the university experience in general. The Academy is hugely grateful to Keele and especially their undergraduate “Ambassadors” who provided ample assistance and led us on an informative campus tour after lunch.