Course Dates: 23/02/22 - 30/03/22
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into different plays. These fun and friendly online 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.
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Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00

Course Code: DRM141

Wed, day, 23 Feb - 30 Mar '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

These 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. There may also be opportunities to explore suggested texts from the group.

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?

You may be required to purchase copies of the plays. Which may also be made available to you freely from City Lit's access to Nick Hern books via drama online. The log in details will be made available via your google classroom ahead of the course starting.

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.

Simon Bowen

Simon Bowen’s credits as a professional actor include appearances at The National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, as well as dramas for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He wrote ‘Free’ for the National Theatre, ‘From London With Love’ for BBC Radio 4, and ‘Whitebaby’ and ‘Waterloo’ for Paines Plough. He has also been a writer on attachment at Soho Theatre and the National Theatre Studio. Simon has directed plays and development workshops in a wide variety of settings including Soho Theatre, The Arcola, The Park Theatre, Theatre 503 and The Bunker Theatre. At City Lit, Simon currently teaches theatre-directing and play-reading.

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.