THE WOOL-GATHERER



COURSES IN 2019


PARCEVALL HALL
 
Friday - Sunday, March 22-24
POETRY FROM WALES
 
A weekend sampling poetry by Welsh writers from medieval to modern times: Dafydd ap Gwilym (in translation) to Gillian Clarke, with a doctor two, a clergyman or two (yes, a thomas or two, of course). There may even be a Jones or two. Come and meet the 'Celtic fringe' - they are not all wild and woolly (though some are), and they speak your language - with brio.
 
 
Friday, August 30 - Sunday, September 1
SHAKESPEARE'S EXTRAS

This course is a celebration of the extraordinary generosity with which Shakespeare treated the minor actors in his company who did the bit-part chores. Even in a few lines he could create cameos which would be a privilege to play, either illuminated by flashes of wonderful poetry or given a narrative significance far beyond their apparently meagre word-count.
 
Parcevall Hall is a welcoming and peaceful house, dating originally from around 1600, set in beautiful Wharfedale scenery, with a delightful garden which is open to the public. It is a diocesan retreat house with a special atmosphere, and its courses offer particularly good value.
 
Contact details: Parcevall Hall, Appletreewick, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6DG; 01756 720213; Object


HIGHAM HALL
 
Friday - Sunday, July 26-28
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
 

A course to tie in with an outdoor performance of the play in the grounds of Higham Hall by the Festival Players on the Saturday afternoon. The sessions will be as follows:

1)  Friday evening:  Introduction and Stage History

2)  Saturday morning:  Beatrice and Benedick - the advantage of being the 'odd couple'

3)               ,,                 Hero and Claudio - the disadvantage of being the 'perfect couple'

4)  Saturday evening:  Discussion with the cast

5)  Sunday morning:  Old buffers, comic policemen, pantomime villains - just a bunch of stereotypes?

6)              ,,                'Words, words, words' - a selective tour of Shakespeare's Workshop  
 
HIGHAM HALL is a comfortable house set in spectacular Lake District scenery. It runs a wide variety of residential courses. For further details and to make a booking, contact:
 
Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH; 017687 76276; Object 
 
 

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE, Aberystwyth branch

Fridays, 10.30-12.30, at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre
 
A regular course on various literature topics, with particular reference to live relay drama broadcasts. For more details, contact me on 01974 298081 or e-mail woolgathererinwales@operamail.com
 
Wednesdays, 10.30-12.30, at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre
 
A course on Greek and Latin literature, giving a brief taster of a different writer at each meeting, using translations, but always with a glimpse of the original. This is not a language course, and no previous knowledge will be assumed. The group meets once a month, usually on the 3rd Wednesday. Please contact me for more details (see above). 
 
 

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE SUMMER SCHOOL, ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, CIRENCESTER

Tuesday, September 10 - Friday, September 13
 
SHAKESPEARE AND THE PROPS DEPARTMENT
 
An Elizabethan acting company performed on a stage that would look very bare to us, but the props became all the more noticeable when they were minimal, and Shakespeare regularly imbued them with narrative and symbolic significance: rings, letters, jewels, cups, coins; larger items such as thrones, trees, tables, tombs; a severed head might be called for, too. In this course we will look at what Shakespeare asked for and how he used it.
 
For further details, please contact The Third Age Trust, 19 East Street, Bromley BR1 1QE, 020 8466 6139, info@u3a.org.uk
 
Please note: To attend any U3A groups or summer schools, it is necessary to be a member (subscription £15 in 2019).