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Literature and Drama - Three Shakespeare Plays in Practice at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Literature and Drama - Three Shakespeare Plays in Practice at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Price: £98.00 Starts: 23/04/2018 Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Tutor: Jane Billett Ends: 18/06/2018 Location: Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Level: Mixed Level Day of Week: MON Duration: 7 weeks

It may still be possible to enrol, call us on 0845 606 5 606 to see if it is possible.

About this course

Tonbridge -
Shakespeare's Comedies - Language of Communication in Practice "As You Like It", "A Midsummer Nights Dream"
The course will offer a creative approach to interpreting, appreciating and fully understanding Shakespeare's comedies which were written to be performed in the theatre.
You will study the language and Shakespeare's unique power to communicate complex imaginative ideas both challenging and thought-provoking but also ever close to the human heartbeat.
Explore Shakespears' characters and how to communicate thoughts and feelings to the audience through the study of Performance Text. You will discover and interpret the clues/stage directions that Shakespear wrote in the script to transform the written word into the magic of a real life performance of characters playing in the present moment to an audience.
You will experience the art of comedy in rehearsal of comic scenes and how to perform them, with the study of Comedia del Arte techniques. You will communicate the characters in their mistakes, in their problem solving, exposed to the social conventions of the time.
You will be encouraged to perform a short piece in the last session (optional)

By the end of the course, successful attendees will be able to
- understand, interpret, appreciate and communicate Shakespeare's intent through Drama and Theatre
- analyse and interpret Shakespeare's language and address the themes and issues in the text and discussions
- communicate the issues of the play to the audience, the comic tradition of archetypal characters
- Improvise "off the text" to bring further life to characters
- be aware of how the interpretation and reading of the play can be influenced by knowledge
- communicate the power of Shakespeare's language which triggers the imagination and sparkles with wit and humour

How will I be taught?

You will be taught individually, in small and larger groups. You will participate in communication exercises, role plays using texts, group dynamic techniques and improvisation. Group support will encourage confidence in performing a short piece.

Your starting point at the beginning of the course will be recorded on your Learning plan (ILP) with the help of your tutor. Your developments and progresses throughout the sessions will be discussed and assessed on the plan to help you gauge your achievements.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please wear soft shoes and loose comfortable clothing. It is useful to ring pen and notepad to each session.

What can I do next?

There are other literature/Drama/creative writing courses that may interest you, please enquire with us or visit

What do I need to join the course

The course is for anyone interested in Shakespeare's comedies and how the language is used to awaken imagination and to communicate ideas through the comic performance text of theatre.

This course would be useful for Teachers, Trainee Teachers, Drama students, actors, business staff, social workers, youth workers, nurses, writers and other students attending to develop personally and socially.

No formal qualification is necessary, both beginners and experienced students with an interest in Drama and an ability to communicate are welcome.

If they wish (this is optional), students are encouraged to go to see two of the following plays (performance or DVD):"Much Ado About Nothing", "As you like it", "A Midsummer Nights Dream", "Twelfth Night", "The Winters Tale"

About the Tutor: Jane Billett

Jane is a widely experienced Theatre Course facilitator who has studied Speech & Drama at the Central School of Speech & Drama, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art & the “National”. Her teaching is informed by her experience as a Drama Director of her own Theatre Company. She has taught in theatres and colleges at many levels ranging from Primary/Secondary, Youth Theatre, Adults, to mentoring B.A. students. She has directed fringe theatre performances in London, for example, the Finborough, the Jermyn St. Theatre, the New End Theatre in Hampstead.

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Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Avebury Avenue
Tonbridge And Malling

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 2222 and quote the Course Code TON/56754/F/LC.
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