Plays in Performance

Ref: C2420906

Live theatre is still the most stimulating and uplifting form of entertainment and communication. We will select three plays currently on in London, and look at what makes all aspects of a production. The acting, the director, the designer. The tutor is a published playwright so we will look in depth at the art of the dramatist. In class we will read from the text, see videos of past productions, and have lively discussions . Every effort will be made to obtain cheap tickets through concessions and special offers on the internet.

Course aim

Live theatre is the oldest and the most exciting form of entertainment. From The Greeks to the present day great dramas and comedies have been enacted before us. We will pick three plays in performance and discuss all aspects of them.

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

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

  • To gain insight into the craft of the dramatist
  • To look at different acting styles
  • To appreciate the role of the director
  • To look at the work of the designer
  • To gain a background of the political and social aspects of the 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 see all plays selected and if possible obtain a copy of the text either second-hand or in the library.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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

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.)
  • A copy of the texts of the plays chosen if possible

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?

Download full course information sheet

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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