The work of Arthur Miller - award winning American screenwriter and playwright

Ref: C3530659

We will study two of Arthur Miller's most iconic plays - All My Sons and Death of a Salesman - this year enjoying successful revivals in London. In exploring the playwright's techniques and themes, as well as the context of 1950s America, we will develop an understanding of Miller's greatness, his use of the dramatic form to reveal insights into human nature and how ordinary people live with society's pressures. We will also be asking how these works resonate with us today. In addition, the course will help students gain an understanding of theatre as an art form, developing skills that can be carried forward when looking at other playwrights' work.

Additional information about this course

NB No fee waiver is available on this course

Course aim

A study of two of Arthur Miller's iconic plays - All My Sons and Death of a Salesman. The course will explore the playwright's techniques and themes and his powerful use of the dramatic form.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Read and discuss two of Arthur Miller's best known plays - All My Sons and Death of a Salesman.
  • Describe some of the ways in which Arthur Miller uses theatre to explore his themes and convey his ideas
  • Extend my knowledge of the playwright's insights into human nature and their relevance today
  • Evaluate Miller's importance as an observer of mid-20th century American society and what we can still learn from him

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
  • Students may be asked to read parts of the text in preparation for the next class

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

What else do I need to know?

  • There are no specific set texts but students will need their own copies of the two plays. In addition the usual stationery for note-taking is required.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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The work of Arthur Miller - award winning American screenwriter and playwright

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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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