Plays in Performance

Ref: C2420898

Three plays currently on in London will be chosen at the beginning of the term . We will look at all aspects of the production: the role of the actor, the director and the designer. The tutor is a published playwright so the craft of the writer will be explored. Every effort will be made to get cheap tickets: special offers, senior discounts, day tickets. Each session will involve a lively discussion, reading from the texts, videos and occasional guest speakers from the world of the theatre.

Course aim

There is nothing more exciting than live theatre. Seeing a story taking place before. By studying several plays in performance we will look at all aspects of the theatre

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • a passion for live theatre

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

  • To appreciate different acting styles
  • To understand the role of the director
  • To understand the structure and dialogue of the play
  • Discuss the role of the designer
  • To understand the social and historical aspect of each play

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
  • To be familiar with the text and the background of the play

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • to read the texts

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.)
  • programme and texts of the play

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

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

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