Talking Theatre

Ref: C2341598

On-stage: Men, women and power. We will consider plays produced locally, and as part of the course, discuss the way theatre is tackling the issues of gender equality. Pre-course see An Enemy of the People (Nottingham Playhouse). Back-stage: How is it all done? We will consider the elements of theatre: props, lighting, sound, stage management, design and direction. Speakers invited to help us with our discoveries.

Course aim

Discussing plays produced locally, with the focus on Men, Women and Power. We shall consider the backstage elements of productions too with speakers invited.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • All that is required is enthusiasm for theatre, and a desire to learn about how theatre operates. A wish to go to the theatre because most will be gained by attending the shows outside class times.

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

  • Demonstrate a wider understanding of plays through attending theatre
  • Discuss plays and theatre with confidence
  • Engage with other points of view
  • Engage with the topic, Men Women and Power, and be able to discuss the issues with understanding
  • Show knowledge and understanding of theatre practices

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
  • Theatre going is expected.

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
  • We will sometimes work as a whole group, discussions, speakers, certain topics, but otherwise we will work in groups, changing regularly the format of those groups so you will get to know everyone.

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

  • Pre course, try and see An Enemy of the People at the Nottingham Playhouse, so we can begin our discussions on a piece of theatre we have all seen.

What can I do next?

  • Widen the focus of your life and interests through theatre going and other theatre-related activities while meeting like-minded people

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