This course is a continuation of last term, however new students are most welcome. The course will teach students how to develop long term characters with mannerisms, quirks, habits etc. to use in radio play style scenes. You will learn to create and develop a character from scratch as well as contribute towards dialogue and sound effects needed for the scenes. You will be given the opportunity to create your own written scenes for use in the final showcase and their will be chances to act in diverse scenes to include silent comedy, interpretive dance, mime and sign language. We will also look at further soundscape work and an alternative panto.

Course aim

The drama course this term will focus on dialogue and development of characters. There will be an opportunity to perform in a showcase at the end of term.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • To develop further dialogue skills.
  • To recognise the pros and cons of a long term character in a series.
  • To create or contribute towards written scenes for showcase.
  • To develop confidence in individual pieces.
  • To create as an ensemble an alternative panto.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You may be encouraged to continue rehearsals and work on scenes at half term.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • You will be encouraged to perform in front of other students and self evaluate.

What else do I need to know?

  • You may wish to bring costumes, props, wigs and make up from home for some scenes.

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
  • 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course outline

Drama Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • 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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