What is the course about?
Appreciating and enjoying a variety of plays, theatres and directorial styles.
Patricia Sweeney is Programme Coordinator for Literature and Film at City Lit, with specialist teaching interests in modern and contemporary literature, drama and film adaptation. In addition to her work at City Lit, Patricia has taught literature courses for the Open University and Literature, Drama and Film courses for Birkbeck, University of London.
What will we cover?
You will go to the theatre every other week. There will be two theatre visits in the term which will be announced closer to the start date.
The plays and players chosen will, in turn, be introduced, and then seen, discussed and analysed. We will discuss
the writer, director, the actors, the scripts and any other relevant material.
Theatre visits on 6 June and 20 June.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- discuss a play with confidence
- discover new playwrights and spaces
- show appreciation of the page to stage process.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need an enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups. You will be
willing and able to do some reading and preparation outside the class. You will be interested in listening to, and
learning from, the responses of other students to the work discussed. You will have a commitment to developing
your analytical skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A combination of pair work, group work, question and answer, discussion, reading and considering presented
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
-Handouts will be provided by the lecturer.
-You may be asked to contribute additional money towards the cost of the tickets as it is not possible to assess the
costs so far in advance of the course but we will do our best to keep costs down.
-You may like to purchase your own copy of the plays read and collect material about the playwrights and copies of
reviews as well as theatre programmes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other drama courses by going to www.citylit.ac.uk/History, Culture and Writing/Literature/Drama.