Stage to Screen

Ref: C2226703

On the surface it seems that the adaptation of stage plays should be easier than that of novels. Both are dramatic media and the running time of a stage play and a film are roughly the same. But there are other factors that make the task of adapting plays a difficult one. This course will explore the differences between the two media in terms of point of view, dramatic space, visual expression and the relation between performer and spectator, and the way these factors impact on the process of adaptation.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 18/02/2020

Course aim

To enhance learners’ understanding of the differences between stage and screen and the way these factors impact on the process of adaptation. To highlight the impact of cultural, economic and social factors on film-making.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify three key elements in the process of adaptation from stage to screen
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of the moving image as a vehicle of communication
  • make informed judgements about the narrative and stylistic techniques used by filmmakers to develop their themes

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • 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

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

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Stage to Screen

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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