Play-reading

Course Dates: 27/10/21 - 01/12/21
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Location: Online
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Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into differnet plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00

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Course Code: DRM140

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Started Wed, day, 27 Oct - 01 Dec '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

These online play reading sessions are an inspiring way to gain a deeper feel and understanding of texts that you may be familiar with or are exploring for the first time. Plays are meant to spoken aloud and not read by oneself and reading can be enormous fun and this is a great opportunity to bring the plays to life. The sessions will appeal to anyone with an interest in the theatre, reading for pleasure or simply wanting to meet other members of the City lit community. Any acting students will also benefit from these classes as it is a fabulous opportunity to enter and inhabit the world of the play. You will look at themes, stories, writing styles and the historical context of the plays in a positive and enjoyable atmosphere. We will look at 'The Pillars of the Community' by Ibsen and 'Dinner' by Moira Buffini.There may also be opportunities to explore suggested texts from the group.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Sessions will begin with a very gentle and relaxing vocal warm up
• Reading of the texts
• Group Discussions on particular topics
• Themes
• Writing styles
• Historical context.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Discuss the texts with confidence
Specify the main themes, Historical contexts and characteristic's of the set texts
Approach other play texts with greater confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to all. The ability to listen and to learn from other students is important.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The ability to listen, to learn from other students, to work in groups.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
In whole and small groups.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Scanned copies of the plays will be available via google classroom. 'The Pillars of the Community' by Ibsen and 'Dinner' by Moira Buffini. You may prefer to purchase your own copy but do check with your tutor first which translation of the Ibsen piece is being read.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Enrol onto the next play reading course where you will have the opportunity to explore further texts.

Laura Baggaley

Laura is an experienced theatre director, teacher and writer and has taught at City Lit since 2011. Laura has worked at a wide range of venues including the National Theatre, the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, Birmingham Rep, the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and Southwark Playhouse. She loves all types of plays, from new writing and devised theatre to Shakespeare and works in translation, and enjoys bringing scenes and characters to life with students in her classes. Laura studied English Literature as an undergraduate at Oxford University and went on to take an MA in Text and Performance Studies at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She splits her time between teaching, writing, environmental work and directing theatre productions.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.