Laurence Sach leads an informal sixteen session introduction to the development of European theatre from its earliest origins in Ancient Greece to the five key practitioners (Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Constantin Stanislavsky, Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett) who provided the solid foundations for modern 20th and 21st century theatre.
Each two hour session begins with an illustrated talk followed by a short refreshment break, and then a group discussion of that session’s topic and play text.
1. Myth, Ritual & Religion
2. Greek Theatre – the origins (The Oresteia by Aeschylus)
3. Greek Tragedy – the playwrights (Electra by Sophocles and The Trojan Women by Euripides)
4. Roman Tragedy - (Thyestes by Seneca)
5. Greek & Roman Comedy (Lysistrata by Aristophanes)
6. Medieval Mystery Plays - (The Creation, Noah, Abraham & Isaac, The Crucifixion)
7. Medieval Morality plays and Tudor Interludes (Mankind)
8. Elizabethan Theatre and Shakespeare (Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe)
9. Jacobean & Caroline (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford)
10. Restoration Theatre (The Country Wife by William Wycherley)
11. 18th Century Theatre (The Beggars’ Opera by John Gay)
12. 19th Century & Melodrama (The Bells by Leopald Lewis)
13. Henrik Ibsen (Hedda Gabler)
14. Chechov & Stanislavski (The Cherry Orchard)
15. Brecht & Political Theatre (The Caucasian Chalk Circle)
16. Samuel Beckett & Theatre of the Absurd (Waiting for Godot)
Laurence is a freelance writer and director who has been Artistic Director of Durham Theatre Company, manager of Middlesbrough Theatre and The Playhouse, Harlow, and lecturer on the Middlesbrough College/Teesside University foundation degree in performing arts.
Sessions from October 18th to December 6th. Then, January 10th to February 28th.