"The Play's The Thing": Three Great Writers: A new look at Alan Bennett, Alan Ayckbourn and Harold Pinter"
Following on from the pleasure of the 2017 course, we shall move a bit more up to date to look at late 20th century drama. Here we shall examine some masterpieces of modern theatre, supported by excerpts from award-winning performances on D.V.D. These performances will feature such star names as Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins, Julie Waters and Alan Bennett himself. There will be plenty of time for discussion and of course we shall end with a crazy course-based quiz.
The works covered will be :
Alan Bennett :
Single Spies (two one-act plays : An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution")
Talking Heads Series One and Two (especially "A Chip in the Sugar", "Her Big Chance". "Soldiering On" and "The Hand of God" )
Harold Pinter :
The Room (One act play)
The Birthday Party
Alan Ayckbourn :
The Norman Conquests
All the "Talking Heads" will be available at the course on DVD. It is not vital to have read or seen them, but it might help to do so, and ideally to bring copies.
It would help if those attending could bring a copy of "The Birthday Party", "Way Upstream" and "The Room". All are easily available in paperback and some may be downloaded from the Internet.
"The Norman Conquests" will be available as a DVD but again it would help if those attending had read or seen it. If they could bring a copy, that would also be an asset.
The main requirement is to bring a love of the drama and an interest in these ground-breaking and theatrically adept playwrights. What themes do the plays explore? What do they tell us about the society of our own times? How do they treat the macabre, the humour of life and the pain of it? Come and find out in congenial company
and relax and learn amid like-minded enthusiasts.
There is no supplementary charge for single accommodation on any of our activity breaks, and as normal, we can arrange free transport (on arrival and departure) between the hotel and the bus and railway stations.
Details about all of our activity breaks are readily available - either download a copy from this section, ask for them during you stay, or just telephone the hotel and ask us to forward a programme for whatever activity you are interested in.