Plays and Playgoing

Ref: C2340866

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. We will study David Hare's new play "I'm Not Running" at the National Theatre, beamed to local cinemas 31 January 2019, which is about the interaction of politics and the National Health Service, and the conflict between emotion and ambition. Debbie Tucker Green's "Hang" at Sheffield Studio Theatre February - March, for which a group matinee visit is available on 28 February, is a thrilling play for three characters, eliciting a decision. What that decision is, gradually becomes clearer. 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. We will also study 1 or 2 other plays, to be decided when full theatre programmes are published.

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
  • You need only an enthusiasm for theatre.

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 these plays fit into the development of theatre and the playwrights studied
  • Describe the theatrical techniques used in the productions of the plays studied
  • Discuss the richness of the texts of the plays studied
  • Share your appreciation of the plays with others in 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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Reading extracts from plays in class, discussing the what they are about, how they work, and how they relate to other theatre, and re-examining what we think we know

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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Participation in theatre either through local amateur societies or through the Nottingham Playhouse programme.

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Plays and Playgoing


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

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