Titchfield remains inappropriately impervious to its connection with William Shakespeare for over four hundred years. This research endeavours to fill in the gap by investigating Shakespeare’s unexplored period in Titchfield from 1592 to 1594 where the composition of the sonnets begins. The research will be of interest to scholarly and professional communities of Shakespeare studies and performance in addition to the wider population. A secondary analysis of relevant theoretical samples is performed to determine the development of Stratford as the centre of Shakespearean pilgrimage and to examine the conjectures for Shakespeare in Titchfield. The research primarily focuses on four significant events in Stratford with the aim to trace the sites, routes and itineraries of each event. The architecture of Shakespeare’s sonnets is also investigated to determine their potential to be realised architectonically in Titchfield. It is found that there exists a great diversity of performative elements in the itineraries of all four events, each exhibiting its own identity by establishing new types of performances, spaces and times. These elements are replicated and enriched in the proposed architecture project in Titchfield, with the sonnet themes realised as performative tectonic concepts for the design brief. Despite the limitations of the research such as ensuring data reliability and validity through triangulation, it is hoped that it becomes a considerable stepping stone for the study of Shakespeare’s works, life and times and that it provides a challenging perspective in exploring and enjoying the poetical territory of Shakespeare’s labours.
The Passionate Pilgrim of Titchfield by Hazwan Ariff Hakimi