What is the course about?
Celebrate the genius of Shakespeare: his timeless themes, complex characterisation, beautiful language and their power in performance.
What will we cover?
We will explore extracts from several plays including Hamlet, Othello, Richard the Third, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream. We will read, view and discuss these extracts in terms of language, characterisation, structure, imagery and their power in performance. By looking at a variety of performances of one play, we will explore the possibilities of a range of interpretations. If there is time and students would like to do it, we will do some performing ourselves.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Understand the use of verse and the flexibility of the iambic pentameter.
-Appreciate the dramatic power of a range of Shakespeare's plays including tragedies, histories and comedies
-Put some of the plays into their historical and social context
-Discuss recurring themes and motifs of the plays studied
-Experience speaking the verse in performance/or directing a short scene.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The willingness to read text, exchange responses to it and listen in an open and supportive way to the response of others.
The willingness to do some preparation of text in the days between the sessions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
-Tutor input, text analysis, large and small group discussion
-Viewing and discussing a range of performances on screen.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
It would help if you could bring copies of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Penguin edition) and Othello (Penguin edition).
You will be given photocopied extracts of the other plays..
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details