Shakespeare's Macbeth

Ref: C3672356

This course will work through the play looking at plot, themes and characters. Why is it considered to be one of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time? Opportunities will be given to read out aloud, although there is no obligation to do this. The course ties in with the RSC live screening in local cinemas.

Course aim

We will explore this great tragedy through reading and discussion. It is hoped that the course will allow students to watch the live screening of "Macbeth" with greater knowledge.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Suitable for all levels of knowledge, from people who know nothing about Shakespeare, to people who are already highly knowledgeable.

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

  • Read and understand this play, including accessing the Shakespearean language.
  • Be able to read or act parts out, or listen to and critically assess other people acting out parts.
  • Take part in discussions regarding the verse, the characters and their possible motives, or other topics.
  • Be able to evaluate the live screening in discussions, or access some information about past productions, if unable to attend the live screening. Attending the live screening is not a compulsory part of the course.
  • Understand this play in the context of its time and culture in early 17th century England, and in a theatrical tradition,and be able to bring research ideas, if explored, to the class.

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

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?

  • 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.)
  • Copies will be available for loan:-The 2015 Arden Shakespeare third series edition of Macbeth (ISBN 9781904271413 or you can buy your own copy.

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
  • Explore the play in your own time before the course, but there is no obligation to do this.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Shakespeare's Macbeth


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