Shakespeare in Performance

Ref: C3742920

The course aims to study key speeches from different plays by reading together and watching/listening to performances on dvd/audio.The focus will be on how how the speeches work in performance. We will engage with the linguistic and performance challenges which the texts present to actors, directors and designers. By analysing a variety of performances we will be able to evaluate the choices made.

Course aim

An opportunity to study key speeches in detail with a focus on performance.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Read and discuss a speech from an informed perspective
  • Identify the genre and thematic concerns
  • Anaylse and evaluate ideas for dramatic realisation

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

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.)
  • You will need a copy of the Complete Works so that we can work on specific speeches. You may also find a notebook and pen useful.

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
  • The Shakespearean Stage 1574 - 1642 Andrew Gurr CUP 1992 Shakespeare's Restless World - Neil MacGregor Penguin 2013. Websites for RSC, Globe and National Theatre.

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
  • Join an acting class or take part in a workshop run by a professional theatre such as Chichester Festival Theatre. Go and watch a live performance or to the live screenings at local cinemas.

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Shakespeare 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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