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Adult Education

21st – 25th November 2016
Mousehole, Cornwall

In Bristol in the Autumn of 2014 stf offered its first course in Shakespeare interpretation for the adult reader/audience. Six Wednesday evenings in October and November were spent carefully reading through Macbeth. Each week stf’s Artistic Director, Andrew Hilton, was accompanied by an actress from the company and, together with the students, they read the play aloud, exploring theatrical as well as academic perspectives on that rich and puzzling text.

Feedback was enormously positive:

“what I hoped, and was looking for … to study the play from the point of view of an experienced theatre director … extremely worthwhile … exceptional value … a privilege …  insightful and more revealing as time went on … excellent”

As a result we now offer our first week-long residential course, this time to be held in the pretty holiday village of Mousehole (pronounced ‘Mowzel’) in South West Cornwall.

A summer view of Mousehole Harbour!

John Shrapnel as King Lear and Trevor Cooper as Gloucester. Image by Graham Burke

Again, Andrew and an actor from the company will take you through one of the greatest of texts, employing theatrical perspectives to aid your understanding of Shakespeare’s language, techniques and preoccupations. Please note that, despite the theatrical emphasis, this is not an actors’ workshop, but is devised specifically for Shakespeare’s audience and readership.

The sessions will be held in the newly opened Solomon Browne Memorial Hall. ‘Solomon Browne’ was the name of the Penlee lifeboat – crewed by Mousehole men – that was lost with all hands in an heroic attempt to save the crew of the coastal freighter Union Star in a severe storm just before Christmas 1981. The hall has been created from the village’s communal net loft and is in the centre of the village.

The course will take the form of a round-table discussion and the student number will be no more than 14. There will be four morning sessions and five afternoon ones (one ‘morning off’ to explore the area). Lunch (on four days), and tea and coffee will be provided, but students must book their own accomodation. This will be plentiful at this out-of-season time, either in self catering cottages or in B&B’s. For an idea of the likely costs look up or any other companies that book cottages in the village.

Mousehole is easily accessible by bus from Penzance railway station. Parking is relatively easy out of season, though you must not to expect to be able to park on your doorstep.

Andrew Hilton founded Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory in 1999. He has had a 40 year career as an actor and director, after studying English at Cambridge University under a distinguished Shakespearean, Michael Long. His Shakespeare productions have been repeatedly praised in the national press for their clarity and intelligence. In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary D.Litt by the University of Bristol.


The course will cost £250 per person.

For further information email Andrew Hilton

To secure a place please email with your full name and address. Payment can be made online via our CAF bank account, please quote your name as the reference

CAF Bank details:

Account number: 00013643 Sort Code: 40 52 40

Alternatively you can pay by cheque made payable to Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Please send to stf Tobacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF.

Please note places are available on a first come first served basis.