Plays in Performance

Ref: C2419205

Three current London productions will be selected each term. After each visit lively discussions will take place on all aspects of the production:The acting, the direction, the design and the lighting. Extracts from the play will be read in class and videos of past productions. Every effort will be made to get cheap tickets: special offers, advance booking, ticket agencies. The tutor is a professional playwright so discussions will take place on structure ,dialogue and character. The student will gain insight into all the components that make up a play, in particular different acting styles and the crucial role of the director. As wide a range of plays will be chosen from modern works, to plays in translation and Shakespeare. The first play to be selected is THE FERRYMAN by Jez Butterworth.

Course aim

To expand the students love and insight into all aspects of the theatre with visits to London productions followed by lively discussions and readings from the text.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • A passion for the theatre

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

  • To gain a knowledge of the technical aspects of the theatre: design and lighting
  • To appreciate the skill of the playwright: his plot, structure, development of character and dialogue
  • To look in depth at different acting styles and interpretation of parts by different actors.
  • To gain a knowledge of the social and historical aspect of a play
  • To appreciate work from different cultures.

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Trips to the theatre and reading the text as homework.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • To have seen the production of THE FERRYMAN in the West End

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
  • To have seen the production of THE FERRYMAN in the West End

What can I do next?

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Plays in Performance Course Outline

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