The Play's the Thing!

Ref: C3839479

We will read, study and discuss three contrasting plays with a common theme. Topics of study will include vocal performance techniques and historical context.

Course aim

to develop awareness of drama both as literature and as a means of performance.

Who is the course for?

An interest in the subject.

What topics will this course cover

topics will relate to the theme of the three plays selected for vocal performance and analysis. The theme will be allowed some general discussion but will focus on specific concentration on the text. Extracts from surrounding texts will be introduced as a means of context. Working on these in groups to stimulate interaction will be a useful stimulus. Theatre reviews, cuttings, lit crit, design, audio extracts will give illustration. Some drama and voice warm-ups will be included.

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. approach a vocal play reading with increased confidence. 2. discuss a play with an extended critical facility. 3. have achieved an increased vocal range and technique. 4. to feel qualified to explore the subject further.

How will I know I'm making progress?

One to one feedback with each student individually. Queries will be invited. I will give specific feedback on performances where appropriate, Positive encouragement will be paramount. Kindly humour can work as a means of encouraging self-assessment from students.

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

Perhaps a pen and pad for any personal note. Relevant cuttings, photos, etc., are welcomed during the progress of the course.

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Further reading on the subject, theatre visits, membership of an amateur dramatic group, participation in drama based community activity. Further WEA courses

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The Play's the Thing! Course Outline


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