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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

  1. Shakespeare's Unruly Women

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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), Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra), and Measure for Measure (Isabella).

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Key texts of 20th century drama: Beckett, Osborne, Pinter & Miller

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore the concerns,styles and influences of 5 key 20th century dramatic texts and how they reflect the society they were written in. Texts: Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, Endgame by Beckett, The Birthday Party by Pinter, A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller and Plenty by David Hare.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. An introduction to literature: fiction, poetry and drama

    An introduction to literature: fiction, poetry and drama

    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The course covers poetry, prose and drama. There will be a selection of poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. Poets include Robert Browning, Emily Bronte, Gillian Clarke and Simon Armitage. For the prose, you will read and discuss Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier and Up the Junction by Nell Dunn (screen adaptations of these will also be discussed). You will read, discuss and view two plays: Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde and Comedians by Trevor Griffiths, in terms of theme, character and language, and how they work as performance texts.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Beckett: three major texts

    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    ‘Words have been my only loves … Nothing else matters but the writing’ (Samuel Beckett). A close reading and discussion, as if approached for the first time, without preconceptions, of three middle period works which together represent the essence of Beckett's achievements in prose and drama.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. “Wild Justice”: Power and Revenge in English Renaissance Tragedy

    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course explores English Renaissance Tragedy through Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Marlowe’s Dr Faustus and Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. We will consider how these plays represent revenge and power in relation to authority (individual, state and religious); death; grief; sexuality; language - and theatricality itself.



    Tutor biography



    Sophie has taught Literature, interdisciplinary and performing Arts for over twenty years, working with the Open University, Leeds University, and a range of adult learning institutions before joining City Lit. Previously she freelanced as a theatre and opera director in community theatre and at English National Opera. She has an MA in Nineteenth Century English and American Literature, and a PhD in Early Modern Life Writing. She is also Head of the Arts and Culture programme at City Lit.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Shakespeare: 'Poetry and Poetic Dreams', 'Troilus and Cressida', 'Cymbeline' and 'The Tempest'

    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Shakespeare’s plays continue to stimulate intense debate. This course offers the opportunity to consider and compare three of his most complex, demanding and paradoxical texts. Through close reading and detailed discussion we shall see how Shakespeare’s poetic and dramatic art consistently challenges us to re-evaluate our understanding of what it is to be human.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

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