Plays & Playgoing

Ref: C2338751

We will study plays in performance locally during the course. We will read extracts, discuss the themes and presentation, and consider the current performance. 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, at the Lace Market Theatre is an intense and moving presentation of a young girl’s struggle with mental illness, with an opportunity to visit a rehearsal before the course begins and a class visit on 31 Jan evening. Hedda Gabler by Ibsen, a classic 19th century play produced by the National Theatre is on tour at the Royal Centre, Nottingham, class visit 7 Feb matinee. Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, at Nottingham Playhouse in conjunction with Ramps on the Moon, a company featuring disabled actors who have put on stunning productions of The Government Insoector and Threepenny Opera. Class visit is 15 March matinee. A fourth play will be chosen, Cost of theatre visits is not included in the fee and students should bring cheque books to first class to pay for tickets.

Additional information about this course

The course will consider and discuss theatre available locally this spring. Plays will include Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (Theatre Royal)and Kane's 4.48 Psychosis (Lace Market Theatre) Group visits to plays studied will be arranged at Students cost. A stimulating way to enhance your Theatre experience.

Course aim

To consider and discuss theatre available in our region during the Spring, to enhance our understanding and enjoyment of theatre and to explore its relevance to our life today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • An enthusiasm for theatre is the the only qualification needed

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

  • 1. Show an increased understanding of how theatre can be used to convey social and political commentaries, while keeping us entertained
  • Show an increased understanding of the developments of the theatre
  • Show an increased understanding of theatre techniques
  • Show an increased understanding of the richness of play texts
  • . Experience an increased understanding and enjoyment of theatre

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
  • All classes will include a large element of group discussion, providing feedback from you, fellow members and the tutor

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Books or play extracts will be provided for use in class. Group visits to the chosen plays will be arranged but students make their own travel arrangements. Students are of course free to make their own arrangements for seeing the plays.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Opportunity to visit rehearsal of 4.48 Psychosis on 11 Jan

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • For those who want to become involved in making theatre, there are several amateur groups in Nottinghamshire and the tutor can advise.

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Plays & Playgoing Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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