Course Dates: 16/09/21 - 21/10/21
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: Online
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.
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

Course Code: DRM147

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Thu, day, 16 Sep - 21 Oct '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 read two texts across the course and begin by looking at Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones and then move onto either the Gift by Janice Okoh or the The Children by Lucy Kirkwood depending on group interest.

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?

The chosen plays will be available as PDF's on google classroom.

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.

Gemma Kerr

Gemma is an experienced acting teacher and theatre director. She has run her own company and worked on productions of different scales, including many drama school productions. Her recent production of To Have to Shoot Irishmen by Lizzie Nunnery ran at Omnibus Theatre in October 2018, gaining 4-star reviews in The Guardian and The Stage, before a national tour including dates at the Liverpool Everyman. In November 2017 Gemma was the second recipient of the Air B2B residency offered by People’s Palace Projects and the British Council, and spent a month in Rio de Janeiro as the artist in residence at Casa Rio. Gemma is an Associate Artist of Omnibus Theatre, and Associate Director of Forward Theatre Project. She runs High Hearted Theatre with Marcelo Dos Santos and works as a Script Reader for the Literary Department at the Royal Court Theatre London and for the Bruntwood Prize. Gemma is an Associate Teacher at RADA, and also teaches and directs at City Lit and Identity School of Acting. She is a commissioned artist for Mothers Who Make, developing a podcast about taboos surrounding women’s bodies.

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.