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Field School in Medieval Theatre Studies

 
 
Dates: August 12 2018 - August 29 2018
Based: Herstmonceux, UK
Apply by: April 1 2018
Cost: $3,483 (2018)

Upper-year undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in a two week immersive study abroad program at Herstmonceux Castle, the home of the Bader International Study Centre. Students will explore a range of dramatic works from the Medieval period in England, reading works from both religious and secular traditions, including liturgical drama, morality plays, cycle dramas and interludes. The program also features a practical performance component where students will actively explore historical performance styles and conventions. The focus of this course will be the rehearsal of one or more plays to be presented in period acting style and costume as part of England’s Medieval Festival at the culmination of the course.The Medieval Festival at the Castle is Britain's largest and most magnificent celebration of the colourful Middle Ages.

To obtain more information about the Field School in Medieval Theatre Studies, please contact the program coordinator Jenn Stephenson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (613) 533-6000 x78597

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Medieval Theatre students performing a dress rehearsal in 2017 in the castle courtyard
  • Immersive: engage with dramatic works from the medieval period in a medieval castle, culminating in a performance at the UK's largest medieval festival
  • Accelerated: take 2 Drama courses in 2 weeks
  • Experiental: whether you're acting or helping to stage manage, this is an opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Fun: students in the field school form friendships quickly, enjoying all that Herstmonceux Castle and the surrounding area have to offer

Courses in this program can be used to satisfy plan requirements for DRAM Major and Medial.

DRAM 271/3.0 Medieval Dramatic Literature

A seminar course devoted to the exploration of a range of dramatic works from the Medieval period in England. Students will read works from both religious and secular traditions, including liturgical drama, morality plays, cycle dramas and interludes.

Taught exclusively at the BISC, this course aims to provide students with an immersive awareness of the cultural role of theatre in this era.

Prerequisite: Level 2 or above

DRAM 273/3.0 Medieval Performance

A practical performance course where students will actively explore historical performance styles and conventions. The focus of this course will be the rehearsal of one or more plays to be presented in period acting style and costume as part of England's Medieval Fair at the culmination of the course.

This is an intensive workshop course exploring medieval dramatic performance practice in England. Students will be involved as actors, devisers, and designers, and will engage with the pragmatic and aesthetic processes involved the production of medieval drama. Through a combination of primary source research and the theatrical production of one medieval play, students will explore the key functions of plays within medieval culture.

Prerequisite: Level 2 or above

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

There will be all day field trips included in the course:
  • Canterbury Cathedral: http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/visit/
  • The Globe Theatre, London: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com
  • The Rose Theatre, London: http://www.rosetheatre.org.uk

Jenn Stephenson

Program Director
Jenn Stephenson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Drama at Queen’s University where she teaches Dramatic Literature and Theatre History. As a graduate student at the University of Toronto, Jenn was a research assistant with the Records of Early English Drama project and has published on the narrative implications of hypertextual structures in the REED Patrons and Performance database.

Craig Walker

Instructor
Craig Walker (DRAM 271) is Director of the Dan School of Drama and Music and Professor of Drama. His directing credits include ten years as Artistic Director of Theatre Kingston, productions with St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario including a production of Twelfth Night, which won the 2012 Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Production, and numerous productions for Queen’s Drama. Dr. Walker’s writing for the theatre includes his adaptation of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, which played in Kingston and also at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Lately, he has been writing two new plays, One Last Night With Mata Hari, which is a piece of music theatre that he is creating in collaboration with composer John Burge, and These Deeds, a play about Henry Irving, Bram Stoker and “Buffalo” Bill Cody that he developed while a member of the 2013 Playwrights’ Unit of the Thousand Islands Playhouse. He is the author of The Buried Astrolabe: Canadian Dramatic Imagination and Western Tradition (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001) and co-editor (with Jennifer Wise of the University of Victoria) of The Broadview Anthology of Drama: Plays from the Western Theatre, Volumes I and II (Broadview Press, 2003) and The Broadview Anthology of Drama, Concise Edition (Broadview Press, 2005). He has also edited Shakespeare’s King Lear (Broadview Press, 2011) in a version that features parallel Folio and Quarto texts, and which was also published in The Broadview Anthology of British Literature. He has written a number of articles for The Canadian Encyclopedia and The Literary Encyclopedia, and for journals such as Modern Drama, Theatre Research in Canada, Australasian Drama Studies, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Journal of Canadian Studies, English Studies in Canada and Canadian Theatre Review.

2018 schedule - to be updated for 2019

Medieval page

DateActivity
August 12 Students arrive
August 12 Performance: Rude Mechanicals "Oberon's Cure"
August 13 Classes begin
August 25 - 27 England's Medieval Festival
August 28 Classes end
August 29 Students depart

Daily Schedule

DRAM273 meets 9am-noon
Lunch in the Dining Hall noon-1pm
DRAM271 meets 1pm-4pm
Dinner in the Dining Hall 6pm-7pm
Rehearsal as needed, 7pm-10pm

Schedule is subject to change without notice based on availability
Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
Phone: +44 1323 834444
Fax: +44 1323 834499
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Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment
Gordon Hall, 74 Union Street
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2218
Fax: (613) 533-6810
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