Plays in performance

Ref: C2419977

There is nothing more stimulating than live theatre. . By selecting three plays currently in production, we will look at the role of the actor, the playwright, the designer and the technical team. Plays chosen by the class range from Shakespeare to modern work to even the odd musical. Every effort will be made to obtain cheap tickets, by special offers on the internet, concessions and day tickets. Readings from the text, videos of landmark productions plus occasional guest speakers from the world of theatre. The tutor is a published playwright so there will be discussions of the playwright`s craft.

Course aim

Live theatre is the most exciting of all art forms. It combines acting, directing, the scenery, the lighting. By selecting three plays per term currently in production we will enhance the joy of theatre going.

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:

  • To appreciate different acting styles
  • To appreciate how a director can influence a play
  • To study the craft of the playwright
  • To be aware of the role of the designer
  • To gain knowledge of the historical and social background of the play.

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

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
  • if possible to read the text of the play under discussion

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?

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Plays in performance


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