Plays and Playgoing

Ref: C2339581

We will study plays in performance during the course. We will read extracts, discuss the themes and how they are presented, and consider the current performance. Details of all the plays to be studied are not yet available because at the time of writing many theatres have not yet published their autumn programmes. However we shall be looking at Alan Bennett's the Madness of George III on at Nottingham Playhouse. We shall need to confirm bookings early, so if you wish to join the class visit please bring your cheque book to the first class

Course aim

To consider and discuss theatre available in our region during the Spring, to enhance our understanding and enjoyment of theatre and to explore its relevance to our life today.

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:

  • Explain how the plays studied convey social and political commentaries, while keeping us entertained
  • Show how the plays studied fit into the developments of the theatre
  • Describe the theatrical techniques used in the production of the plays studied
  • Discuss the richness of the texts of the plays studied
  • Experience an increased enjoyment of theatre

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

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You might want to look at the on-line publicity for the plays to be studied

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course information sheet

Plays and Playgoing

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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