Theatre Studies

Ref: C2419050

Will we be attending two plays : Edward Albee`s WHO`S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF and the modern version of SALOME at The National. We will read the texts in class and offer feedback, also look at the historical and social background of the play. Every effort will be made to try and obtain discount tickets. The tutor is a professional playwright so will be adding his insight.

Additional information about this course

There are trips to the theatre which will result in additional costs

Course aim

To stimulate and increase all aspects of live theatre including the acting, the writing, the acting, the direction. All the technical side of putting on a play including the lighting, the sound and the music.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with a passion for the theatre

What topics will this course cover

Will cover the social, political, and historical aspect of each play. Texts will be read in class for feedback. The tutor is a professional playwright and will offer an insight into playwriting

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1 The role of the director 2 The role of the acting 3. The play itself 4. The technical aspects of the production: the lighting, the designer, the soundscape

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students monitored and progress discussed individually

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Cost of trips to the theatre, this will be discussed in class

Reading and information sources

No, texts will be read in class

What could the course lead to?

Further enjoyment of the theatre

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Theatre Studies Course Outline


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