Drama - The Rainforest Project

Ref: C3126634

A Drama course that is the second year of a project about the Rainforests. From Jan 2019 the focus will be on making and using puppets and creating a performance on the theme of Rainforests for a public performance in Summer/Autumn 2019. This is a partnership project with the WEA. Arts etc, and the Fetch Puppet Theatre Company.

Course aim

This course will provide the students with the skills to make a puppet and learn how to use it. It will also teach performance skills to enable students to participate in a public performance at the end of the course.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This is the second year of a two year Drama project, but as the focus will change from Jan 2019 and therefore it could still be suitable for new students.

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

  • Make a puppet with other students.
  • Use a puppet for a theatrical performance.
  • Design and create a shadow puppet
  • Perform a character or several characters for a public performance.

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
  • Students will be expected to attend rehearsals for a performance in addition to class time.

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
  • You will receive instruction and feedback on making and using puppets from a puppeteer from Fetch Theatre Company in addition to WEA tutor and peer feedback. Your performance will be evaluated by audience feedback after taking part in a play.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • 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

  • Attendance in year one of this two year project would be helpful.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Joining a local Drama group or theatre company for all abilities and disabilities in the area.

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Drama - The Rainforest Project

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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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