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The English-Speaking Union

About the English-Speaking Union

The ESU brings together and empowers people of different languages and cultures. By building skills and confidence in communication, we give people the opportunity to realise their potential. Worldwide, the members and alumni of the ESU support these objectives. Our vision is to provide people in the UK and internationally with communication skills, confidence and networking opportunities. We endeavour to see that the value of good communication as an essential attribute for individual, community and global development and understanding is publicly recognised and widely integrated into education and social policy.

FOREWORD Welcome to those who are new to our summer programmes and to those who have provided the top delegates for our summer programmes in the past.

Enclosed is information on our summer programmes for three different audiences. • Shakespeare Study Course in Stratfordupon-Avon for students at degree or postgraduate level and teachers in training. • Globe Education Cultural Seminar: Shakespeare and His Stage in London for teachers of English or theatre and are non-native English Speakers. • International Relations Conference at Mansfield College, Oxford for young people of all professions. We are looking for young people who will commit to the summer programme they have applied for and will immerse themselves in the experience. The ESU seeks to benefit young people regardless of their professional background so please include as many people as you can when distributing the information. The team at Dartmouth House are here to help, so if you need any guidance when looking for potential nominees or would like us to help you to contact your local universities, schools or businesses to find the right person, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The ESU can offer one scholarship place per programme, per country. Scholarships will be awarded on the merit of the application ONLY - regardless of who has nominated the applicant. For the Shakespeare Study Course and the International Relations Conference additional delegate places per country are available for a reasonable fee, details of which are enclosed. Places on the courses are limited, so please ensure all applications are submitted on time. Information on the summer programmes will be sent to ESU International Chairman and to organisations, schools and universities globally. Potential delegates may email their applications directly to Dartmouth House as well as through Chairmen of the International ESUs. We look forward to receiving applications. Deadlines and details for applications are found on each page.

For details of our International ESUs, please visit Annette & Gillian International and Cultural Programmes

Please note: All timetables enclosed are draft programmes based on 2009.

SHAKESPEARE STUDY COURSE IN STRATFORDUPON-AVON The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon Sunday 1 – Saturday 7 August 2010

Please submit applications to Gillian Parker, Head of Cultural Programmes on or call +44 (0)20 7529 1564 for more information

A week of Shakespeare plays, lectures, discussions and workshops devised and delivered by Shakespearian experts in Stratford-upon-Avon. ‘Shakespeare in Stratford’ is offered in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the charity which cares for the world’s Shakespeare heritage and promotes the knowledge and appreciation of the Bard’s work. The programme gives those studying Shakespeare at university/post-graduate level around the world the opportunity to immerse themselves in a week of Shakespeare’s plays, lectures, discussions, and workshops devised and delivered by Shakespearean experts in Stratford-upon-Avon. The emphasis is on enjoying Shakespeare’s work, as well as engaging with it from academic and theatrical points of view. Drawing on the unique resources available at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the week-long course provides the participants with insights into the life of Shakespeare, having an opportunity to explore the places where he lived and worked. The course offers an academic programme of pre-performance lectures and post-performance discussions led by scholars of the Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Shakespeare Institute are committed to the provision of the highest quality educational experience for those who study and appreciate Shakespeare’s works - as text or performance – worldwide.

The courses are augmented by classes with members of the RSC (including actors and voice coaches) and so bring Shakespeare as ‘Text’ and Shakespeare as ‘Theatre’ into dialogue. Delegates are able to explore deeper interpretations of Shakespeare, attend performances such as Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors, discuss theatre with the actors and enjoy workshops that approach Shakespeare in a dynamic and exciting way. Applicants should be studying Literature/ Shakespeare at degree or post-graduate level or have an otherwise demonstrable interest (i.e. theatre practitioner). Applicants must also have an excellent standard of English. Please note that the completion of the application form does not automatically mean you will be awarded a scholarship place for this course. Final selection will be made at the discretion of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The English-Speaking Union. Up to two delegate places can be allocated per country, but only one will be funded by the ESU. For additional places, a fee of £1,000 per person applies. Please do not apply if you are unable to commit to the full term of the course

The course confirmed my belief that Shakespeare’s literary heritage is so rich and multi-faceted that any person of any age can find inspiration, great emotion and sophisticated ideas in his works. I learnt the importance of finding the best ways to engage with Shakespeare’s work and the Shakespeare Course was really of great help here since we discussed and practiced a whole range of activities which can make Shakespeare studies more engaging, diverse, and brain-teasing for students. I especially enjoyed the idea of debate classes which is a good way to make everybody participate in discussion and to stimulate students to share their feelings, appreciations and thoughts about Shakespeare’s characters and plots. I think the sonnet class was the one that showed us how to bring Shakespeare closer and helped me develop a more personal attitude to his works. Now I feel absolutely inspired and enthusiastic about studying Shakespeare and I’m sure the Stratford experience has made me even more perceptive and appreciative of Shakespeare’s heritage. My learning will now acquire a personal touch because of the wonderful reminiscences about Stratford and all the nice people I met there. It was really great to meet people from different parts of the world and make friends with them and be a member of a united and enthusiastic group. Natalia Zhloba, Belarus




Arrival to London Check into Bankside House, London for one night


11.00 – 12.00 Julius Caesar with Dr Penny Freedman

11.00 – 12.00 RSC Q&A session on The Winter’s Tale chaired by Dr Nick Walton

7.30 Performance of The Winter’s Tale at The Courtyard Theatre

3.30 – 4.30 Is it True What They Say About Shakespeare with Professor Stanley Wells CBE

Free evening

4.00 Visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace with Dr Paul Edmondson

3.30 – 4.00 Tea Valerie Mitchell OBE, Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee, will address the delegation

2.30 – 3.30 RSC Voice Class

1.00 – 2.00 [Wolfson Hall] Lunchtime Lecture Christopher Rush discussing his recent fictional biography of Shakespeare, written from the point of view of Shakespeare on his deathbed

2.00 – 3.00 Lecture on The Winter’s Tale with Dr Nick Walton 3.00 – 3.30 Tea

12.00 – 1.00 Lunch (Sandwiches provided by SBT)

12.30 – 2.00 Lunch (Sandwiches provided by SBT)

11.00 – 12.00 Shakespeare and Stratford with Dr Roger Pringle

7.30 Performance of Julius Caesar at The Courtyard Theatre

3.30 – 4.30 Wigs and Makeup Demonstration with Brenda Leedham

3.00 – 3.30 Tea

1.00 – 3.00 Drama Workshop with Claire Neilson/Paul Greenwood

12.00 – 1.00 Lunch (Sandwiches provided by SBT)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

9.30 – 10.30 Shakespeare’s Sonnets with Dr Paul Edmondson

9.30 – 10.30 Post-performance Discussion of The Winter’s Tale led by Dr Nick Walton

10.00 – 10.30 Introduction to the Course with Dr Nick Walton

Wolfson Hall


Queen Elizabeth Hall


Wolfson Hall


Please note that the above programme is for guidance only and is based on the 2009 schedule

5.40 Depart London (Marylebone) by train to Stratford-upon-Avon (Travel costs to be covered by delegates)

2.00 Free time in London

12.30 – 2.00 Lunch provided by ESU

12.15 Tour of Dartmouth House

12.00 Group photograph

11.00 – 12.00 Workshop led by ESU Speech and Debate team

9.30 – 10.00 Introduction with Gillian Parker, Head of Cultural Programmes, at Dartmouth House, International Headquarters of The English-Speaking Union



7.30 Performance of As You Like It at The Courtyard Theatre

2.00 – 4.00 Walk to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage at Shottery/Hall’s Croft and Nash’s House

1.00 – 2.00 A visit to ShakespeareFound: A Life Portrait. This ground-breaking exhibition presents compelling evidence that this is the first and only portrait of Shakespeare painted in his life-time.

12.00 – 1.00 Lunch (Sandwiches provided by SBT)

11.00 – 12.00 RSC Q&A session on Julius Caesar chaired by Dr Penny Freedman

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee

9.30 – 10.00 Post-performance discussion on Julius Caesar led by Dr Penny Freedman

Alleyn Room


Depart from Stratford (own arrangements)


‘Shakespeare in Stratford’ The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon

Globe Education Cultural Seminar: Shakespeare and His Stage Shakespeare’s Globe, London Sunday 8 – Saturday 14 August 2010

Please submit applications to Gillian Parker, Head of Cultural Programmes on or call +44 (0)20 7529 1564 for more information

This one-week course at Shakespeare’s Globe will provide teachers equivalent to British secondary school (ages 11-18) level with insights into the crafts involved in creating a production for the Globe Theatre. Teachers of English and Theatre for whom English is a second language will work with Globe Education staff to explore practical approaches to teaching Shakespeare creatively in the classroom. Delegates will attend three of the Globe’s theatrical productions. They will meet and work with members of the Globe Theatre Company to explore how productions at the Globe are conceived and mounted. Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss the place of Shakespeare in their respective countries and classrooms. Teachers attending this course should have experience of teaching Shakespeare in the classroom and an interest in participating in a course with the following aims: • To consider how the discoveries being made at the Globe Theatre can inform our understanding of Shakespeare in performance and our approaches to teaching Shakespeare in the classroom.

• To explore the relationship the Globe architecture creates between actor and audience and to consider how it can inform our understanding of the relationship between teacher and student within the classroom. • To consider how Shakespeare is translated both in terms of performance and classroom curricula across the world. Teachers, perhaps better than anyone, know the challenges involved in bringing texts to life. For 20 years, Globe Education has worked with teachers to develop new and exciting ways of exploring Shakespeare’s works. We seek to create active, practical approaches to Shakespeare that will inspire, enhance and develop classroom practice - and bring Shakespeare’s words to life through ‘the soul of lively action’. Applicants should be teachers of English or Theatre, who have experience of teaching Shakespeare (equivalent to British secondary school level). Only non-native English speakers are eligible for this course. Please note that the completion of an application form does not automatically mean you will be awarded a scholarship place for this seminar. Final selection will be made at the discretion of Globe Education and the ESU at Dartmouth House. Please do not apply if you are unable to commit to the full term of the course

The aim of the Seminar was to give an idea of the theatrical world in which Shakespeare lived. The most interesting aspect was the fact that we were in contact with artists and practitioners of the very first rank, highly skilled and enthusiasts of Shakespeare and of all that the Globe represents. They shared with us their knowledge and experience with a remarkable attention to detail. I was really impressed with the whole project, the idea of a place that can bring people together from all over the world to understand Shakespeare and what he represents. Shakespeare, one might say, is everybody’s ambassador and the Globe is his embassy. I came to realize, during the week, that the work developed by the Globe Education is of the utmost importance in every aspect. It is not only the magic in being inside a wonderful recreation of Shakespeare’s theatre but also of what Shakespeare means to the rest of the world. Shakespeare has such power that he is able to attract persons from very different cultures and create a bond among them. Marcos Daud, Brazil




6.15 Drinks Reception 7.15 Dinner at Dartmouth House (ends 10.00) 7.30 – 10.30 Performance: Romeo and Juliet

7.00 – 8.00 Dinner in the Globe Bar

6.00 – 7.00 Dinner in the Globe Bar

5.20 – 6.00 Q&A with Company Members (Troilus and Cressida)

2.00 – 5.00 Performance: Troilus and Cressida

Please note that the above programme is for guidance only and is based on the 2009 schedule

6.00 Photo Call

6.00 – 7.00 Setting the Scene for Romeo and Juliet with Professor Neil Taylor (Roehampton University)

7.30 – 10.30 Performance: As You Like It

6.00 – 7.00 Drinks Reception

4.30 – 6.00 Workshop Demonstration: Period Music and Globe Productions with James Bisgood (Globe Musician)

3.45 Travel to Dartmouth House

1.30 – 3.00 Review Discussion: As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet with Heather Neill (Theatre Critic and Journalist)

12.30 – 2.00 Lunch at the Globe

11.30 – 12.30 Lecture: The Globe in Words with Patrick Spottiswoode

9.00 – 10.30 Workshop Demonstration: Dressing Shakespeare’s Actors with Jenny Tiramani (Theatre Designer and Dress Historian)

11.00 – 12.30 Workshop: Globe Education Practice (Part II) 12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at the Globe

8.00 – 9.00 Back Stage Tour: Marbled Heaven to Hollow Cell with Bryan Paterson (Senior Stage Manager)


9.00 – 10.30 Workshop: Globe Education Practice (Part I) with Colin Hurley (Globe Education Practitioner)


5.00 – 6.00 Dinner in the Globe Bar

3.00 – 5.00 Workshop: In Form and Moving (#1) with Glynn MacDonald (Head of Movement)

1.30 – 2.30 Review Discussion: Looking for Shakespeare with Patrick Spottiswoode

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at the Globe

10.30 – 12.30 Workshop: The Alchemy of Voice with Stewart Pearce (Head of Voice)

9.15 – 10.30 Visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition


5.00 – 6.00 Dinner in the Globe Bar

9.30 – 5.00 Looking for Shakespeare: A Shakespeare Journey Around London at Shakespeare’s Globe

Monday Collect lunch from the Globe at 9.00

5.00 – 6.00 Perspective Lecture: Travesties of Shakespeare Plays with John Wolfson

2.30 – 4.30 Introduction to Shakespeare’s Globe and Looking for Shakespeare with Patrick Spottiswoode (Director, Globe Education)

2.15 – 2.30 Registration and Orientation

11.30 – 12.45 Tour of London

9.30 Briefing Session with Gillian Parker (ESU) in the lobby of Bankside House

Sunday Collect lunch from Bankside House


5.00 – 6.00 Dinner in the Globe Bar

3.00 – 5.00 Workshop: In Form and Moving (#2)

1.30 – 2.30 Discussion: Shakespeare in Several Classrooms with Patrick Spottiswoode

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at the Globe

10.30 – 12.30 Workshop: Trippingly on the Tongue with Giles Block (Head of Text)

8.00 – 10.00 Workshop: Globe Education Practice (PartIII)


8.00 – 9.00 Dinner in the Globe Bar

Free time

1.15 – 2.00 Lunch at the Globe

11.15 – 1.15 Seminar: Shakespeare in Several Tongues and Course Reflection with Patrick Spottiswoode

10.00 – 11.00 Review Discussion: Troilus and Cressida


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CONFERENCE ‘GLOBAL CHALLENGES’ Mansfield College, Oxford Sunday 8th – Saturday 14th August 2010

Please submit applications to Annette Fisher, Head of International Programmes on or call +44 (0)20 7529 1565 for more information

The ESU International Relations Conference deals with a variety of issues relating both to international relations and to Britain’s international role in the world today. The theme of the 2010 conference is ‘Global Challenges’. The aim of the conference is to give delegates the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Britain, and widen their outlook on world issues and current affairs. It also offers a unique opportunity to make individual contacts with people from various fields, cultures and backgrounds. The majority of delegates are young professionals from trade and industry, law, journalism, teaching and the diplomatic service. Basic outline: • Lectures on topics including: - Terrorism - Political and Economic Models - Climate Change - Integration, Culture and Conflict • Seminar discussions and workshops • Trip to London to include a visit to the theatre • Social networking events • Tour of Oxford and its colleges.

Please submit applications to Annette Fisher, Head of International Programmes on annf@ / +44 (0)20 7529 1565.

Criteria for scholarship recipients • Young professionals (aged 23-35 approximately), from career backgrounds in law, journalism, teaching, business, politics and the third sector. • Delegates can be sponsored by their organisation or provide their own funding. • Applicants must ensure they are able and willing to participate in every aspect of the programme and are able to cope with the demanding schedule. • Applicants must be available for the entire duration of the course. Up to three delegate places can be allocated per country, but only one will be funded by the ESU. For additional places, a fee of £1,000 per delegate applies.

All aspects (lectures, tours, theatre, socializing) were so perfectly complementary and balanced. The first part of the conference devoted to international relations, in particular the EU, Eastern Europe and peace keeping forces was particularly intriguing for me, since my country is currently at a very important crossroads, deciding on its future position within the international community, the EU in the first place. What was absolutely amazing and encouraging for me in many ways was the amount of understanding of and the genuine interest for the situation in my country, which both lecturers and participants in the conference clearly expressed. The conversations I had with other participants in the conference (from an amazing number of 23 nations) and lecturers alike were absolutely invaluable. I wish to emphasize the most valuable aspect of this conference and that is the opportunity to meet so many interesting people from so many different cultures, a real treat, and an absolutely invaluable experience that I have already shared with many people upon the return to my country, most of whom have expressed a genuine interest for the ESU ideas. Not only have my expectations been fulfilled, but they have by far been exceeded, for which I thank you all very much in the hope that I will get an opportunity to welcome you and other ESU members at a conference or event in Belgrade, which we could now model on the Oxford experience, an example of an absolutely unforgettable and perfectly organized event. Nina Vlahovic, Serbia




7.30 Opening Dinner: Guest Speaker Lord Hunt of Wirral, Chairman of the English-Speaking Union

7.00 Welcome Reception

5.30 Tea/Coffee Introduction: Annette JE Fisher, Head of International Programmes, English-Speaking Union

2.00 – 4.00 Registration


4.00 The United States in World Affairs: Continuity or Change? Douglas Eden, Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

2.00 International Relations and Global Warming – or vice versa? Dr Laurence Matthews, Chairman, Cap and Share UK

1.00 Lunch

11.00 East Europe and the EU; Economic and Business Prospects Ralph Land CBE, Chairman of Trustees of the British Consultancy Charitable Trust

Chair: Martin Mulloy, Director of Education, English-Speaking Union

Tuesday International Relations Continued

7.30 As You Like It, The Courtyard Theatre

5.30 Dinner: Marlowe’s Restaurant

2.00 Depart for Stratford-upon-Avon

1.00 Lunch

7.30 Celebratory Dinner: Guest Speaker Michael Lake CBE, Director-General, English-Speaking Union

7.00 Reception

2.00 Parliament and the Parties Lord Watson of Richmond, Chairman Emeritus of the International Council of the English-Speaking Union

1.00 Lunch

11.00 British Legal and Penal System Her Honor, Karen Walden-Smith

9.00 International Trade, Industry and Investment: What role can the diplomat play? Sir Peter Heap KCMG, Former Diplomat 11.00 Globalisation: New Challenges for Tomorrow’s Leaders Andrew Fraser CMG, Senior Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation and Alumnus of the ESU

Chair: Gillian Parker, Head of Cultural Programmes, English-Speaking Union

Thursday British Institutions

Chair: Katherine Plummer, Head of Education Programmes, English-Speaking Union

Wednesday International Trade and Industry

Please note that the above programme is for guidance only and is based on the 2009 schedule

4.30 The 21st Century: The End of Western Dominance? Professor Alan Lee Williams OBE, Chairman of the Sir William Beveridge Foundation

2.30 Multilateralism in Trouble Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG, former British Ambassador to the United Nations in New York

1.00 Lunch Chair: Alastair Lack, Secretary, Oxford University Society

12.30 Group photograph

10.30 – 12.30 Oxford tour

Monday International Relations

2.00 Workshop session with Annette Fisher

1.00 Lunch

11.00 Global Themes in Education and Responses in England Dame Mary Richardson DBE, Deputy Chairman, English-Speaking Union

9.00 The State of the Arts in Britain Today Dr Alastair Niven OBE, Principal, Cumberland Lodge

Chair: Annette JE Fisher, Head of International Programmes, English-Speaking Union

Friday British Culture and Education



NB: for the three summer seminars we encourage you to send all applications received. Dartmouth House will then make the final decision. • Nominees will be informed directly as to whether or not they have been successful as soon as possible. • Nominees must declare if they have received an ESU scholarship before.


WHAT DOES A SCHOLARSHIP COVER? A scholarship covers accommodation, meals, course fees including any excursions or theatre trips. The scholarship/course fee DOES NOT cover travel to and from the UK, and travel to and from your arrival airport.

FINDING THE RIGHT APPLICANT Consider the following points when finding suitable delegates for the summer conferences: - How will the experience benefit their current and future work? - Will they be able to share what they have learnt and experienced on the programme when they return home and therefore increase the reach of the programme? - Have they had the opportunity to visit the UK before?

APPLICATIONS • Please note that scholarships are awarded at the discretion of Dartmouth House and on the merit of each application. All applications will be considered by Dartmouth House and applicants will be informed of their success directly. • Please send a letter/report of recommendation with the applications you put forward. In the event that the organisers feel that none of your nominees are suitable, a scholarship will not be awarded. Sending an application does not guarantee automatic scholarship.

• The deadlines for applications for ALL summer courses is Friday 14 May 2010 and the applicant may email the ESU directly with their application. Any application form returned after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the organisers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION • Nominees should only apply if they can commit to the entire duration of the course. As the programmes are a week long, it is imperative that the chosen delegates arrive on time and do not leave before the end of the course. Delegates arriving after the start date or leaving before the final day will lose their scholarship immediately and the International ESU/nominating organisation will be eligible for any financial loss incurred and may forfeit future places. • Applicants must ensure they are physically fit, able and willing to participate in every aspect of the programme and are able to cope with the demanding schedule. • Delegates will be accommodated in single bedrooms. Bathrooms are normally shared between two delegates. *delegates for the International Relations Conference will be given bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. • Nominees should be informed that partners will not be able to accompany them to any of the summer seminars.


Her Majesty The Queen President:

HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh KG KT Chairman:

The Rt Hon The Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE PC Deputy Chairmen:

Edward Gould Dame Mary Richardson DBE Director-General:

Mike Lake CBE

The English-Speaking Union Dartmouth House 37 Charles Street London W1J 5ED T +44 (0)20 7529 1550 F +44 (0)20 7495 6108

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