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THEORIES OF THE MODERN STAGE, WITH DAVID KERSHAW

Aimed at writers and anyone with an interest in theatre, this course will explore the extent to which modern theories of the stage affect how a playwright works. It will investigate such things as the following:

• Whether the principles of naturalism or the theatre of alienation still have an influence on the modern theatre.
• The well-made play.
• Absurdism, political theatre and the theatre of cruelty.
• The impact of acting techniques and methods.
• The role of improvisation in script development.
• The script into performance: the role of the actor, director, designer, producer and audience.
• Audience expectations and demands.

Examples of both playwrights’ and practitioners’ work will be studied in detail, and class members will be encouraged to bring in their own work for discussion.

ABOUT THE TUTOR

David Kershaw has had extensive experience of the theatre, both as a practitioner and a teacher. Among other things, he has directed and administrated a small-scale touring theatre company, has taught drama to college and university students and, latterly, has acted with amateur theatre companies. His teaching experience is also wide and varied: apart from his work in further and higher education, he has also been a tutor in prisons and in adult education.

DATES: Every Monday for 10 weeks from 9 January 2012 to 19 March (apart from half-term 13 February), 6.30–8.30pm.
COST: £100 (£80 for NWS members).
VENUE: Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Broadway Business Centre, 3rd floor 32a Stoney Street, Nottingham, NG1 1LL.
TUTOR: David Kershaw

TO BOOK

Download and return the booking form: www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/assets/NWS_ModernStage2012_BookingForm.doc

Enquiries to admin@nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk

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