Restoration Romps The Plays of William Congreve - Walthamstow Branch

Ref: C2421670

William Congreve wrote many plays that satirised and exposed many short-comings in the 'society' of his day (1670-1729). His plays 'The Way of the World', 'The Double Dealer' and 'Love for Love' are classics of Comedic Theatre. They're funny, lively and good examples of the style of 'The Comedy of Manners'. We will study the scope, ambition and characterisation in these influential plays and discuss how they might work theatrically on stage today. There will be class discussions, reading aloud and workshopping of key scenes. All welcome with an enthusiasm for theatre.

Course aim

Two or three plays by William Congreve will be read aloud, and discussed. We shall explore the theatrical themes and devices that Congreve uses, together with what Restoration Theatre might be.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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 course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464
  • Because this zoom online course is intended to temporarily replace a long-standing course due to the lockdown situation, priority will be given to existing class regulars - but after that new participants will be very welcome.

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

  • 1 - demonstrate increased skill and confidence in reading aloud.
  • 2 - think theatrically in approaching a text.
  • 3 - appreciate the dramatic literature in its context.
  • 4 - develop an understanding of basic theatrical techniques.(e.g. rehearsal methods, directing, designing, acting, playwriting etc.)
  • 5 - express my thoughts and reactions to a text and discuss these with others.

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
  • Basically, we shall discuss and read the plays. There will hopefully be the opportunity to try creating scenes and workshopping these - but within the peculiarities of the zoom environment. Should be interesting.

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

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
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • We shall be studying 2 or 3 plays by Congreve and you will need to get hold of a copy of the scripts under discussion - but any version will be acceptable, and can be from libraries or perhaps found on line. It is fine to wait until after the first session before buying any of the texts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Restoration Romps The Plays of William Congreve - Walthamstow Branch

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 enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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