A Celebration of the Life of Rodney Stewart Smith

Yesterday a service was held to remember the remarkable life Chancery barrister

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Rodney was one of our Trustees and then Chair for several years until his sudden death on September 21st last year. He was a remarkable man with a razor sharp mind which he deployed in many fields of the law. I remember being told he'd got the top first in his year at Cambridge.

His manner was seemingly mild with a delightful sense of humour however nothing passed him by. He took me our founder and artistic director Mary Chater to lunch every summer to talk about life and how things were going. She sensed that after the death of her husband co founder Julian Curry, (Claude Erskine - Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey) he saw himself almost as an uncle figure to keep an eye on her in the most solicitous and caring way possible.

We miss Rodney's wisdom, gentle manner, spirited sense of humour and great enthusiasm for Shakespeare and the theatre.

Rean on for an obituary by Stephen Hockman KC.

Apples and Eyes our young peoples school promo video

made by filmmaker Matthew Kowalczuk and assistant Afra Nuarey

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 The four day autumn school was held in One Garden, Stanmer Park, Brighton.

Coming up soon will be the young people's film of beginning of The Tempest - first encounters between Miranda, Prospero, Ariel and Caliban. Matthew is editing this plus a promo video for WIldfest which also took place in One Garden on Saturday October 29th - over 3000 people came to celebrate the live arts in Nature. The weather gods looked favourably - we had fabulous late summer sunshine.


The beautiful Etruscan town of Volterra is the setting for our summer school 2023 (Sept 11 - 19)

Dame Janet Suzman - Coriolanus plus Michael Corbidge and Sue Tordoff - Measure for Measure

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People arrive on September 11th for another unforgettable course, aways working on the text from an actor's point of view.

Janet Suzman will lead a 3 day module on Coriolanus - 12, 13, 14 September.

Friday 15th is a free day to explore Volterra. A qualified Blue badge guide will give a walking tour for all participants.

Sue Tordoff and Michael Corbidge will lead 3 days work on Measure for Measure - Sept 16, 17, 18.

Departure day is Tuesday September 19th.

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Obituaries for a former Trustee - Anthony Arlidge KC or Tone as co founder Julian Curry, his best friend called him

Tony was a man of not only formidable intellect but he adored Shakespeare and the theatre, was full of fun and generous to a fault

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