Plays and Playgoing

Ref: C2342486

We will study plays to be performed this Spring. We will read extracts and may act out specific scenes. We will consider the themes and how they are presented, and discuss the current performance. Plays will include a new version of Frankenstein at Derby Theatre, by Rona Munro, the author of the “James Plays” which were performed in Nottingham a couple of summers ago. If you wish to join the group visit on Wed 22 January (matinee) be ready to pay for this at the first meeting. The Lace Market Theatre is putting on Goldoni’s “A Servant of Two Masters” the Italian Commedia on which “One Man, Two Guvnors” was based, and we hope to visit this in rehearsal as well as the finished production. This is an example of very funny physical theatre, a fast-moving farce of disguised and mistaken identities, cross dressing and the triumph of young love, not to mention the crafty servant him/herself. One or two further plays, will be chosen when full theatre programmes are published.

Course aim

To consider and discuss theatre available in our region during the Autumn, to enhance our understanding and enjoyment of theatre and to explore its relevance to our life today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You need only an enthusiasm for theatre.

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

  • Explain how the plays studied convey social and political commentaries, while keeping us entertained
  • Show how these plays and their authors fit into the development of theatre
  • Describe the theatrical techniques used in the productions of the plays studied
  • Discuss the richness of the texts of the plays studied
  • Share your appreciation of the plays with others in the class

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
  • Reading extracts from plays in class, perhaps acting out some scenes, discussing what they are about, how they work, how they relate to other theatre, and re-examining what we think we know.

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
  • Class reading, discussion and acting out extracts of plays give opportunities for you to share your thoughts with others

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You might want to look at the on-line publicity for the plays to be studied

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Participation in theatre either through local amateur societies or through the Nottingham Playhouse programme

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Plays and Playgoing

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

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