About the Play
The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabethan_era) tragedy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy) by Christopher Marlowe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Marlowe), based on German stories about the title character Faust (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faust), that was first performed sometime between 1588 and Marlowe's death in 1593. Two different versions of the play were published in the Jacobean era (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobean_era), several years later.
The powerful effect of early productions of the play is indicated by the legends that quickly accrued around them—that actual devils once appeared on the stage during a performance, "to the great amazement of both the actors and spectators", a sight that was said to have driven some spectators mad.
About the Group
As a group we take play texts and read them through. We discuss what the plays are saying to us, and we find different ways of putting the text on its feet.
The session is designed for anybody who enjoys their Theatre and is a healthy mixture of actors and non-actors. We work together, sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm, and after the play reading session people are free to continue the evening by having a drink and carry on their discussions.
This is a drop-in group for like-minded people to attend as and when they wish, with an active membership of about 30 people - the number of people currently attending each session ranges from about 10 to 19.
Our members are a broad cross-section of people - interested theatre goers, students of English Literature, theatre practitioners, young, old, not-so-old, general public, from all sorts of religious persuasions and walks of life. The main requirement is an enthusiasm to enjoy sharing and learning together.
What we do . . .
• read plays out loud
• workshop scenes
• discuss our findings
• discover lessons and insights into life
• explore ways of connecting with plays
• see plays being performed
The plays we study are a mixture of classic and modern, scripts will be provided.
A contribution is requested to help cover the costs of each session:
• BMI members £1.00
• Non BMI members £5.00
If you’re interested in taking part please drop Frank Bramwell an email: [masked]
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