Plays In Performance

Ref: C2419805

Two plays will be discussed this term. THE QUIZ by James Graham and the revival of ABSOLUTE HELL by Rodney Ackland. Plays were chosen for their insight into the human, condition, expertise in dialogue and character, reflection of the social times and above all for their entertainment value. Every effort will be made to get cheap tickets either on-line or concessions. Lively discussions will take place after each production, including readings from the text, videos and the social and historical background. The tutor is a professional playwright and will o0ffer insight into the playwright`s art.

Course aim

for all theatre enthusiasts who want the experience of seeing live theatre in London and discussing it with like-minded people

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

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

  • have gained an insight into the skill of several playwrights
  • by the end of the course I will be able to understand more the technical and design aspects of the play
  • I will be able to appreciate different acting styles
  • I will be able to appreciate the role of the director
  • I will have gained some knowledge into the social and historical aspects of the play

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
  • seeing the plays and reading the texts

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • 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

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.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • seeing the first play THE QUIZ before the course begins

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Plays In Performance Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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