Shakespeare and Comedy Taster Session

Ref: C3678018

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This taster will focus on the 'Merry Wives of Windsor', as a play which gave further opportunity for the Falstaff character to be seen on the Elizabethan stage. We will briefly consider 'Merry Wives' in the context of Shakespeare's other plays, especially its relationship to the history plays (where the Falstaff character was first seen). One focus will be to consider what difference it makes to the character to be placed now in a comedy, rather than be part of a 'history' play. We will focus on one or two key passages in 'Merry Wives', and see how these have been staged in a recent production (using DVD footage).

Course aim

The course will provide a brief 'taster' introduction to the longer 'Shakespeare and Comedy' course (intended for Autumn 2020): the taster will focus on 'The Merry Wives of Windsor', as an example of the approaches to be taken.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Better understand the relationship between 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' and Shakespeare's history plays
  • Better understand how 'comedy' as a dramatic genre helped shape Early Modern playhouse audience expectations and interpretations
  • Better understand the Falstaff character in the context of Shakespeare's play-writing

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Shakespeare and Comedy Taster Session

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Waiting List Conditions

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  • 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 student privacy notice

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