Drama: Plays & Players
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Enjoy exploring plays from throughout the years and consider how scripts have been adapted, reinterpreted and brought to life on the stage.
- Shakespeare's afterlives: Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King LearCourse start date: Tue 23 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jenny StevensThis course explores how Shakespeare’s plays have been reimagined over the centuries. We will consider what adapted versions reveal about attitudes to Shakespeare at the time of their production and the challenges that come with transforming the plays into different media. We also engage with the question of how far adaptations preserve or challenge Shakespeare’s iconic status.Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
- Shakespeare's women: Rosalind, Ophelia, Lady MacbethCourse start date: Wed 24 Jan 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Sophie OxenhamThis online Literature course will look at three of Shakespeare’s female characters: Rosalind (As You Like It), Ophelia (Hamlet) and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth). We will consider their wit, madness and ambition, exploring Shakespeare’s language, the historical context, and the plays in performance.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
- Reading Shakespeare: a director's perspective - The Winter's Tale and The Comedy of ErrorsCourse start date: Wed 24 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Laura BaggaleyTake a fresh look at Shakespeare, exploring The Comedy of Errors and The Winter's Tale in the company of an experienced theatre director. With performance in mind, we will examine the language of the two plays and discuss how Shakespeare’s use of verse evolves over the course of his career.
- 'The city was then drama mad!' Irish drama in the 20th centuryCourse start date: Fri 2 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Niall CulliganReflecting on the 1916 Easter Rising, W.B. Yeats speculated: “Did that play of mine send out certain men the English shot?” The Irish political revolution is unique in being preceded by a literary revolution, most especially on the Irish stage, which hugely influenced the generation of politicians and thinkers that went on to shape modern Ireland. In this course we will trace developments in Irish drama throughout the 20th century, from the Irish Literary Revival to experiments from groups such as the Field Day Theatre Company, reading plays by writers including Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge, Seán O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, and Marina Carr.Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
- Wild justice: Hamlet, Dr. Faustus, The Duchess of MalfiCourse start date: Wed 21 Feb 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Sophie OxenhamThis online literature course explores English Renaissance Tragedy through Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Marlowe’s Dr Faustus, and Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. We will consider how these plays represent power and revenge in relation to authority (individual, state and religious); death; grief; gender and sexuality; language; and theatricality itself.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Classic drama: Antigone, Measure for Measure, The Country WifeCourse start date: Mon 13 May 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jenny StevensWe will read and discuss three classic plays: Sophocles’ Antigone, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and William Wycherley’s The Country Wife. Focusing closely on structure, language and tone, we will consider how dramatists across time have explored themes such as sexual politics, family relationships and state power through their plays, as well as considering the social, cultural and historical contexts in which they were produced.Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
- Reading Shakespeare: a director's perspective - Twelfth Night and Two Gentlemen of VeronaCourse start date: Wed 22 May 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Laura BaggaleyTake a fresh look at Shakespeare, exploring selected plays in the company of an experienced theatre director. With performance in mind, we will examine the language of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Twelfth Night,
and discuss how Shakespeare’s use of verse evolves over the course of his career.
- Marriage and murder: Othello and MacbethCourse start date: Tue 4 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julian BirkettShakespeare presents us with two visions of marriage, the Macbeths’ longstanding but filled with passion and rivalry, Othello’s fragile and still largely innocent. Macbeth and his wife know each other only too well – Othello and Desdemona barely at all. We the audience become sucked into these marital dramas through the force of Shakespeare’s dazzling imagery, psychological insight and sensational plotting. We’ll be studying the characters, the poetry and the ideas of both plays in detail.
- Key texts of 20th and 21st century drama: George Bernard Shaw, Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter and Lucy PrebbleCourse start date: Mon 15 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jenny StevensThis course will explore the concerns, styles and influences of four dramatic texts from the 20th and 21st centuries and how they reflect the social, political and cultural conditions in which they were written. It focuses primarily on G.B. Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession, Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and Lucy Prebble’s Enron, making multiple connections between them as the course progresses.Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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