Talking Theatre

Ref: C2338125

The course is held weekly at the Mechanics on Mondays, 1.00 -3.00, and stretches into spring next year. Classes will study theatre locally and there may be opportunities for a trip further afield each term. Topics may cover Miller, Chekhov, Ibsen and maybe revisit Lawrence, and other playwrights not known yet. Understanding of ideas, background, society as well as texts will be a consideration. Learn to ask the questions that count, unpick your own thoughts as well as gaining from the enthusiasms of others. After productions, as usual, strong debate will follow. Did this production work for me emotionally, but also theatrically? Why? Learn about the visual effects of theatre, the design, the lighting, as well as the spoken elements.

Course aim

The aim is to illuminate theatre experience, ask questions and elicit strong discussion.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is for those who enjoy theatre, want to extend their theatre experiences and through debate and discussion stimulate their minds and enrich their lives.

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

  • Have a better understanding of plays and playwrights that we study
  • Talk more confidently about the experience of the production
  • Exchange views with others profitably, gaining ideas from their enthusiasm
  • Learn about theatre and the way it operates, as well as the new ideas shared
  • Find our further areas of research through digital means or written materials such as reviews and articles in the press

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
  • Time will be spent visiting theatre and in off shoot events with small groups, to perhaps see a live theatre event etc.

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
  • We will always share our opinions with others and you will be able to assess your own progress as you operate in the class with others.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • All that is really needed is enthusiasm and a curiosity for theatre and all its aspects

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students may feel they want to read the texts or supporting materials online or off as we progress through the course.

What can I do next?

  • The course will enable students to want to further their interests in theatre and in living well, through contact and communication with others, through stimulation and interest.

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Talking Theatre


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