Fri 5th - Fri 26th February 2021

Starts at 7:30pm for 4 consecutive Fridays

The LAC are delighted to present this course with Dr Nina van Gessel and Amy Phillips. Each week we will look at a play extract or poem and you will be guided through an exciting evening of discussion and learning with opportunities to practically study the performance aspect of the piece.

By the end of these sessions you will:

  • Have a richer understanding about how and why literary texts work the way they do.

  • Have had the opportunity to explore how a professional actor brings a literary text to life.

  • Have, if you wish, the opportunity to try your hand at acting out relevant sections of a literary text, under the guidance of a professional actor.


Next Step!

  • If you would like to join this fun new LAC online course please click the 'Book Your Place' link above to pay the course fee.  

  • Once you have paid, you will be sent a weekly email with the relevant extract and a Zoom link a few days before the course starts.  

  • The fee is for the full 4-week course and unfortunately we cannot accommodate paying per week.

  • In the first week we will look at Robert Browning's poem, The Last Duchess, and would ask you to read this through a few times in advance of the first session.  

  • As always at the LAC, respectful conduct and appropriate dress is expected of all our Zoom participants.  Anyone not behaving in a courteous and appropriate manner will be removed from the group.  

  • Questions?  Email


Recommended for 16 years and upwards.

Course fee £35 for the 4 one hour sessions. 



About the Course Leaders

Dr Nina van Gessel


Nina has taught literature, writing, and cultural studies courses at universities in Canada, the Netherlands, and London. She moved to Raynes Park 14 years ago.

She has published articles about Canadian post-modernism and American modernism. Nina currently works as an administrator at the University of Roehampton; she is also a proud Trustee and keen supporter of the LAC.

Amy Phillips - Artistic Director of the LAC


Amy received her BA in English Literature from Royal Holloway, University of London where her dissertations were on Viriginia Woolf and her (all-time favourite) Jane Austen.  Amy has worked extensively in theatre, television and film for almost thirty years. 


Her directing credits for the LAC include: The Crucible, Our Town, A Bunch of Amateurs and Harvey.  Amy's most recent television appearance was on Romesh Ranganathan's The Reluctant Landlord.


Frequently Asked Questions

This course will be online via ZOOM for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa. 

How to take part?

You will be sent a link via email shortly before each class. You can use the Zoom app or do this on a web browser.

How long is each session?

Each week the session will last for 1 hour so there will be no breaks once the Zoom link has started. 

Can multiple people watch through one Zoom link?

We ask you to please not share the link with others. There are just 10 participants to each course and each person will need to have paid the fee to take part.

Can't find what you're looking for? Email with your questions and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

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