The Island

Ref: C3840809

This course will examine "The Island", a play by one of South Africa's great modern writers, playwright, Athol Fugard. It will explore the text from a number of different perspectives:: * as entertainment * as a work of Literature - its style, techniques and impact and its place in the history of modern Drama * as a cultural product of its time - with its place in the political and social landscape of the struggle against Apartheid. The course will conclude with a public presentation about the play, at Blackburne House, highlighting its significance. The nature of this public production will be decided upon by the group but will be a joint effort and involve readings of selected parts of the play. A written study or spoken presentation on a negotiated aspect of the play will be set for those who want to attempt it...but this is purely optional.

Course aim

The aim of this course is that students should read and gain an appreciation of a great work of literature set in a key period of African History - the struggle against Apartheid.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course may be of specific interest to: * Those who like reading good drama/literature * Those interested in exploring dramatic techniques and styles * Those studying Black History or the struggle against Apartheid

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

  • Appreciate more fully an important work of Literature
  • Appreciate more fully a key period of modern history
  • Appreciate more fully Dramatic techniques of Social drama

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
  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

What can I do next?

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The Island

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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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