Playwrights' Use of History

Ref: C2420851

We will explore how playwrights, directors and actors have used theatre to tackle important and universal issues and themes. From Top Girls to The History Boys, Pitman Painters to Black Watch, Shakespeare to Our Country’s Good. Students will have the opportunity to read extracts; consider issues of casting, design and a play’s critical acclaim and choose their own play to present their ideas, opinions to the group.

Course aim

To provide a thought provoking and stimulating course experience into all aspects of theatre, with some of the key and less well-known moments in history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • Lovers of theatre and history, current affairs and those who like to learn new things, as well as beginning and developing writers.

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

  • Identify key elements in plays and theatre production.
  • Take part in discussions with increased confidence.
  • Display a critical awareness when analysing different theatrical productions.

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • 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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • 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/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • An increased interest and desire to visit the theatre is a probable outcome. Some plays referred to during the course, may lead to further reading or theatre – based activity.

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Playwrights' Use of History

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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