Plays in performance

Ref: C2419976

London is the centre of world theatre : each term three plays will be selected currently on in London. We will look at the role of the actor, the playwright, the designer, the lighting designer and the composer. Plays chosen range from Shakespeare, the classics, modern plays and even a musical. Every effort will be made to obtain cheap tickets, through concessions, day tickets and special offers on the internet. Plays will be discussed in class, plus reading from the text, videos of famous productions , also occasional guest speakers from the world of the theatre. The tutor is a published playwright and will offer an insight into the role of the dramatist.

Course aim

Theatre is one of the liveliest and exciting of all the arts. It involves the actor, the writer, the director. We will select three current plays on in London to enhance the students appreciation of all aspects of the theatre

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Look at different acting styles
  • Understand how different directors can influence a production
  • The role of the designer
  • The importance of the lighting designer
  • Look at different playwriting styles

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • To see the plays and if possible read the text

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • 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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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?

Download full course information sheet

Plays in performance

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

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