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Theatre Study Group

Theatre Study Group

Theatre Studies with Liz Hare 

For people who love going to the theatre or would like to go more in friendly company this course provides valuable background information, extracts from plays and follow-up discussions. Theatre visits are usually arranged in the evenings, with occasional midweek or Saturday matinees.

This is a popular course and it's likely we will need to operate a waiting list. 

Cheques for the enrolment fees should be payable to 'WEA Theatre Study Group.' Please note that the cost of tickets for theatre performances is additional to enrolments and tickets will be booked and paid for in the first week of term. Cheques for theatre tickets are due the first week of term and should be made payable to 'Liz Hare.' 

The WEA Theatre Study Group is a well established and popular class that meets to discuss theatre productions. Because of its popularity the class meets on Tuesday afternoons in Riddle's Court on the Lawnmarket and is then repeated on Wednesday mornings at the Eric Liddell Centre in Morningside.

We run a nine week course in the autumn and again in the winter, and a six week course in the spring. Each week the class discusses one of the plays currently running at one of the Edinburgh theatres, learning about the playwright, hearing about their other work, comparing previous productions, doing a reading of a selected part of the script and, where possible, viewing an excerpt from a video or film of a previous production.   

We then attend the play and on the following week at the class we will discuss our impressions of the production, the actors’ performances and interpretation, the stage set, decoration and lighting etc.

 Theatre Study Group in discussion

While we mainly concentrate on the theatres in Edinburgh we sometimes travel to the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh or the Citizens in Glasgow.

Some of the productions we have enjoyed in recent times were Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale & King Lear; Pinter’s Betrayal; Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party; most of the productions in the Lyceum season and a selection of the new work staged at the Traverse.

"Very much a part of my social life. Have made good friends."

"The classes are led by a very experienced, enthusiastic and inspirational tutor who helps us gain a deeper understanding of the plays we enjoy." 

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