What is the course about?
To familiarise you with the difficulties of speaking a Shakespearean text, and how to overcome them. To break down the misconception that Shakespeare is inaccessible and has no modern reference.
What will we cover?
Working specific Shakespearean texts for sense, rhythm, imagery, emotion and character.
We will study two plays and act out some scenes from each.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Deduce the 'sense' of what is being said in a piece of Shakespeare text.
Recognise iambic pentameter and the devices Shakespeare uses to underline and heighten his meaning.
Explain the plot, themes and characters of two specific plays.
Perform scene work from a Shakespeare play with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The ability to listen, to learn from other students, to work on one's own and to prepare work in advance is essential.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity.
• Take notes.
• Use numbers to recognise rhythm.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group work; pair and individual work in which different pieces are examined and worked on. You will need to read the selected plays as homework and do some home preparation for your final duologue or monologue class presentation.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
An individual copy of the plays chosen for analysis and scene presentation. The tutor will provide some photocopies of other relevant text.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The next instalment of Speaking Shakespeare will feature two different plays.
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