Two Plays by Ibsen: Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House

Ref: C2224593

Secrets, self-discovery, social class and the position of women are just some of the themes which we will look at in Ibsen’s plays. Described by The Sunday Times as “a ferocious production”, The National Theatre’s version of Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” is coming to Norwich in November. This is a timely opportunity to engage with two texts by one of the theatre’s most significant playwrights.

Course aim

To understand the plot, staging, characters and significance of two Ibsen plays: 'A Doll's House' and 'Hedda Gabler'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explain and discuss the main plot lines in 'Hedda Gabler' and 'A Doll's House' by Ibsen.
  • Describe some of the staging choices made by the current National Theatre production of 'Hedda Gabler'.
  • Recognise and discuss aspects of the plays' significance in terms of the themes and Ibsen's contemporary society.

How will I be taught?

  • 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 kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Writing materials for note taking would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Two Plays by Ibsen: Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House Course Outline


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