Course overview

We will be studying plays and how they are, or might be performed. As far as possible we will choose plays that we can see locally, either at nearby theatres, mainly Derby and Nottingham or streaming. Our aim is to enhance our understanding and enjoyment of theatre and to explore its relevance to our life today. We will read extracts, discuss the themes and how they are presented, and consider the current performance.

Course description

Delve deeper and study plays to be performed in the local area. We are waiting for most theatres to publish their autumn programmes, but are likely to include Sandi Toksvig’s Bully Boy at the Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun at Derby Theatre. Bully Boy is not perhaps what you would expect from Toksvig and deals with an investigation into the behaviour of a young soldier in a “bully boy” unit and the effect on soldiers’ mental health. Raisin in the Sun has become a modern American classic, and is the story of a young black family in Chicago in the fifties. It was made into a film starring Sydney Poitier. The third play to be studied will be Art by Yasmina Reza which will be showing at the Theatre Royal and also Sheffield Lyceum. We will use the different productions as a basis for discussion and analysis

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