Drama: Plays & Players

Enjoy exploring plays from throughout the years and consider how scripts have been adapted, reinterpreted and brought to life on the stage.
  1. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three classic plays, including Othello by Shakespeare, Uncle Vanya by Chekhov,

    Agamemnon from The Oresteia by Aeschylus in terms of themes, language, political, social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. Hamlet in a day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why do the language and themes of Hamlet generate such interest and controversy? Through close reading of several of the play’s crucial scenes, we shall compare our own responses to those of famous commentators.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Shakespeare's unruly women

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will look at a range of Shakespeare’s female characters, exploring representations of love, marriage, widowhood, madness and female power. Characters include Rosalind (As You Like It), Gertrude and Ophelia (Hamlet), Lady Macbeth and the witches (Macbeth) and Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra).
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  4. Diving into the Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys answers Charlotte Bronte

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close consideration of Rhys’ haunting work, Wide Sargasso Sea, we will consider how systems of power and

    history define and subjugate the individual in intimate spaces. Please read the work in preparation for the course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  5. Play in a day: Cymbeline

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read or seen the play but want to know more? This course examines the background to Shakespeare's 'Cymbeline',

    discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. The 21st century novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does it mean to read novels in the 21st century? And why do authors still write them? In this course, we will think about the continuing importance of the novel and look at some examples since the millennium. Authors include J.M. Coetzee, Don DeLillo and Ali Smith.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. Drama in society: text to performance

    Course Date: Thu 7 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read, discuss and view two 20th century plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts with two plays dealing with truth and lies: Ibsen's Rosmersholm and Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra and John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi

    Course Date: Fri 15 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Tragedy was a popular genre in the Jacobean period and these two plays, written within a few years of each other, represent quite different approaches to that genre. Webster both emulated Shakespeare and was at pains to distance himself from him. Detailed analysis will reveal distinctive characteristics of both writers.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Visiting London theatre: summer season

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. You will explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes a contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at City Lit on 30 May. Theatre visits on 6 June and 20 June.
    Full fee: £131.00
    Senior fee: £115.00
    Concession: £92.00

  10. Imagining the 'self' in Shakespeare, Keats, Coleridge and Woolf

    New
    Course Date: Wed 10 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores key changes in how the ‘Self’ is imagined in the Early Modern, Romantic and Modernist periods, focusing on Hamlet (Shakespeare), selected Romantic poetry (Coleridge and Keats) and The Waves (Virginia Woolf). Extracts from works by Montaigne, Rousseau, William James and Bergson will inform our reading.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Play in a day: Measure for Measure

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read or seen the play but want to know more? This course examines the background to Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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