'The Play's the Thing'

Ref: C3840517

We will read aloud, analyse and discuss two or more drama texts. Topics of study will include genre, historical context and some vocal performance techniques. Hire or purchase of texts will be the responsibility of the learner.

Additional information about this course

No specific qualifications required, just an interest in the subject.

Course aim

To provide scope for a group to develop understanding and skill in play reading activity with a view to further exploration into drama as both literature and a vehicle for confident performance.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Anybody with an already informed interest in drama, or with a wish to learn more about it.

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

  • Confidently approach a text in terms of reading aloud.
  • Discuss characterisation within a play and its relevance to the theme
  • Recognise genre in terms of historical context
  • Have increased awareness of social context
  • Feel ready to explore a wider field in terms of dramatic literature

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

What else do I need to know?

  • An ability to read aloud is all that is required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Increased to the theatre is a probable outcome. Some relevant plays will have been referred to during the course. These may be taken up, and in turn, lead to further reading.

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'The Play's the Thing'


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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