Great Plays of the Theatre Unpacked

Meet some seminal plays that have shaped theatre history. Meet the writers and what prompted them to write these great plays. Meet the characters and unpack their speeches and motivations. Discover the themes that drive the plays and find out about how they could or should be staged.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introducing theatre through classic tragedy and introducing the concept of irony through Sophocles' Oedipus
  • Introducing the golden age of theatre with Shakespeare’s King Lear and introducing the concept of critical interpretations
  • Introducing the modern era and the concept of the ordinary and flawed person through Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House
  • Introducing realism based on experience and the unities of theatre through Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • Introducing epic theatre and the concept of breaking the fourth wall to make political commentary through Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage
  • Introducing the concept of characters' perspectives and the fluidity of time on stage through Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
  • Introducing climax and catharsis through Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Introducing the Theatre of the Absurd through Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of the impact of the author’s context and the context of historical time upon a play.
  2. Analyse and discuss the themes and sub-text of the plays including characterisation and motivation.
  3. Explore, reflect and review the depth and variety of interpretations available to readings of these plays in performance.
$232 Limited / $209

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28 Apr

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