Talking Theatre

Ref: C2339558

We will choose to visit plays in the theatres of Nottingham and district, prepare for them by looking at excerpts, finding out about the playwrights and any background material relevant. Course notes will be provided. There will be the opportunity to discuss and analyse the performances learning about production methods. As part of the course we will focus on women whose work in theatre has been important and sometimes unknown until recently. We will scan the centuries from 1660 when women were first allowed on stage. Actresses such as the amazing Dora Jordan, Ellen Terry or Sarah Siddons, innovative directors such as Madame Vestris or to more recent times Joan Littlewood, playwrights such as Githa Sowerby or any number of contemporary women. Through their stage presences we will try to capture some of the magic of theatre over the past 460 years.

Course aim

Talking about plays produced locally, the productions and playwrights, with the added focus on women who have made their mark in the history of theatre, actresses, directors and innovators.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is open to all those with an interest in theatre and theatre visiting, and want to increase their learning and enjoyment of the whole theatre experience.

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

  • Discuss the plays studied in depth
  • Talk confidently about the experience of play going
  • Exchange views profitably with others, gaining from a shared experience of theatre and study
  • Identify the contribution that innovative women have made to the history of theatre
  • Take part in the research and contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the group

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
  • There will be the opportunity to visit the theatre which will ensure the course is meaningful for you

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • You may like to go on to further theatre visiting or other art related events, finding companions with whom to share your interest

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Talking Theatre


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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