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Day school in Swaffham explores drama from the Middle Ages

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William Shakespeare dominates the history of drama to such an extent that it is easy to overlook the fact that there was already a rich variety of theatre and plays in Britain before Shakespeare’s time.

The Medieval theatre was a source of both entertainment and education, covering a wide variety of styles and subject matter.

As well as religious plays, some of the most popular genres of the times included morality plays, farces,and masques.

Everyman characters (22024704)
Everyman characters (22024704)

In a forthcoming day school organised by Swaffham WEA, Katharine Jewell explores the vibrant and spectacular drama of the Middle Ages.

This ranges from dramatic mysteries to sometimes bawdy plays, featuring saints, sinners and devils.

The WEA has been providing high-quality educational opportunities to communities since 1903.

It delivers its mission by developing partnerships to meet individual and collective needs, using active learning and a student centred approach in which teachers and students work as equals.

It constantly strives to adapt its services to meet people’s needs, making full use of technology.

As always for WEA courses no special skills or experience are needed. Everyone is welcome to join this course.

Drama Before Shakespeare takes place on Saturday, November 30, 10am to 4pm.

The venue is the Swaffham Community Centre, Campingland, Swaffham, PE37 7RD.

The fee for the course is £20 and places should be booked in advance, either online at wea.org.uk or tel: 0300 303 3464.

Please bring a packed lunch – tea and coffee are provided at refreshment breaks.

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