Play Reading

Ref: C3528766

The sessions will be based on reading and discussion. The choice of texts will be based on prior student knowledge and the availability of the texts. We will usually read the plays during the sessions but students may be asked to do some reading in their own time. There will be handouts from newspaper articles and reviews of plays together with extracts from books of criticism and from the internet. These will be read and discussed during the sessions. There may also be the opportunity for viewing videos or seeing productions locally.

Additional information about this course

No course on 25/10/17.

Course aim

Students will read and discuss the selected plays together with extracts from criticism and reviews. We will study both the structure and content of plays and how they interact.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Control voice production and expression through improvisation, role play and other exercises.
  • Understand the way in which dialogue works in a play script and the use of dramatic irony..
  • Understand the structure of plays especially in relation to prose fiction and poetry.
  • Understand how comedy and tragedy work and the social and political aspects of plays.
  • Experiment with script-writing, role play and improvisation

How will I be taught?

  • A range of different learning and teaching methods applicable to the reading of plays. Students will be expected to be actively involved but there will be no pressure to read long parts if students prefer a small one.

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
  • Written responses may be encouraged from time to time.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • 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

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Students who have particular interests or experience will be asked to share them with the group.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Take part in amateur acting groups. Work with children and other community groups.

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Play Reading

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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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