Why Shakespeare? The Man, his Theatre, the Performance and Legacy of his Plays

Ref: C2224472

Explores aspects of Shakespeare’s work to explain its significance in our cultural heritage, the repertoire of theatre, study of literature, influence in music, art, film, even psychology. SHAKESPEARE. THE MAN AND HIS WORLD: What we know and don’t know of his life; brief consideration of authorship “controversy”. HIS THEATRICAL WORLD: origins and development via Miracle, Morality and University plays; acting companies, theatres, staging. SHAKESPEARE'S CRAFTSMANSHIP: sources; collaboration; structure and characterisation; how casting boys as women affected both; use of language; “metatheatre”, its use and significance. ACTING AND DIRECTION: approaches to both, including some practical work if the group wishes. SHAKESPEARE'S LEGACY: how plays adapted and appropriated by later playwrights, film directors, composers and librettists; influence on music, painting, psychology, our language and the way we think. Lecture and discussion supported by film clips and recordings.

Course aim

To explore aspects of Shakespeare’s work to help explain why it remains such a significant part of our cultural heritage, central to the theatre repertoire and the study of literature.

Who is the course for?

- This course is suitable for beginners and improvers - Aims to cater for a wide range of knowledge and experience: from those who haven’t explored Shakespeare since school to those with English degrees gained many years ago in search of refreshment.No prior reading is required – though it always helps.

What topics will this course cover

- The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

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:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion - You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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

- A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Why Shakespeare? The Man, his Theatre, the Performance and Legacy of his Plays Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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