Noel Coward and the Politics of Charm (Taster)

Ref: C3747411

'Cocktails and laughter, but what comes after?' asks one of Coward's review songs. This taster course offers an overview of his comedies of bad manners in the 20's and 30's to his wartime work.

Course aim

Noel Coward's achievements spread over many fields as actor, director, playwright, singer, composer and lyricist. This taster course aims to provide an overview of three plays : 'Hayfever',' Private Lives' and 'Blithe Spirit'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify Coward's style and thematic concerns.
  • Read or watch a play or film and discuss from an informed perspective.
  • Evaluate ideas for staging and characterisation.
  • Compare /contrast different interpretations of a character/role

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

I will provide any play extracts. You may like to dip into Coward's autobiography' Present Indicative ' (1937) and 'Future Indefinite '( 1954) or read Sheridan Morley's biography 'A Talent to Amuse . A Life of Noel Coward'. Or enjoy one of his plays on audio or dvd or listen to his songs!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Noel Coward and the Politics of Charm (Taster)

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