Drama: plays and players

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.

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  1. Classic drama: Euripides, Shakespeare and Farquhar
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jenny Stevens
    We will read and discuss three classic plays: Euripides’ Medea, Shakespeare's The Tempest and George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem. Focusing closely on structure, language and tone, we will consider how dramatists across time have explored themes such as revenge, marriage, family relationships and exile through their plays, as well as considering the social and historical contexts in which they were produced.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  2. “Crabb’d age and youth”: Hamlet and King Lear
    Course start date:  Mon 8 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julian Birkett
    Hamlet (1600) and King Lear (1606) are arguably the greatest of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Yet their tragic heroes could scarcely be more different. Hamlet has all the enquiring restlessness of youth, Lear the stubbornness of embittered old age. What unites them is Shakespeare’s profound psychological insight and the dazzling poetry of a writer the very height of his poetic power.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  3. Twentieth century American drama: Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams & Edward Albee
    Course start date:  Thu 18 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patricia Sweeney
    Explore and discuss three classic American plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts, considering them in their social and cultural contexts: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (1938), Tennessee Williams’s Sweet Bird of Youth (1959) and Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance (1966).
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  4. Key texts of 19th and 20th century drama: Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, Brian Friel and Timberlake Wertenbaker
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jenny Stevens
    This course will explore the concerns, styles and influences of four key dramatic texts from the late 19th and 20th centuries and how they reflect the times in which they were written. It includes The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller, Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  5. Shakespeare and the Classical World: Timon of Athens, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra
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    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Peter Brennan
    An exploration of four plays in which Shakespeare explores and elaborates themes and characters from the classical world whose spiritual, political and artistic example both fascinated and fuelled the European Renaissance. Beginning with presentations of two of the most celebrated idealist/misanthropes, we proceed to the transformation of Rome from republic to empire in two exemplary dramas whose combination of political dynamism and personal anguish has never been equalled.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £285.00

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