Much ado about Shakespeare

Ref: C2338031

Measure For Measure is often described as 'a Problem Play'. We'll look at one of the less commonly seen plays, through reading, watching and discussion. If you find Shakespeare daunting and wonder what all the fuss is about, or if you are a devotee who wants to share and deepen your knowledge this course is for you.

Course aim

the main purpose of the course is to study and explore Shakespeare's Measure for Measure in one term.

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:

  • 1 Approach Shakespeare’s works without fear
  • 2 Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the themes of Measure for Measure and their relevance throughout time.
  • 3 Demonstrate a greater understanding of the richness of Shakespeare’s language and ideas
  • 4 Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities and problems of staging Measure for Measure

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
  • We shall read much of the play in class with opportunities for everyone to read and discuss

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • We will the Penguin Shakespeare edition. Unlike some of Shakespeare's plays, there is only one text of Measure For Measure, so there will be little difference in text between different editions.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • No preparation is necessary but students may wish to read the play either before or during the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • There are a range of theatrical and theatre-based activities locally that you can access through joining local amateur societies and the Nottingham Playhouse friends scheme.

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Much ado about Shakespeare


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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
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