Literature and Opera

This group meets throughout the year on Tuesdays.

  • Starts
    • 20 April

  • Time
    • 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

  • Venue:
    • St Matthew’s Community Centre,
      3 Jubilee Avenue,

  • Convener:
    • Alison Siliakus 6628 8108 or 0401 346 607
      Lindsay Aitkin 0402 003 453


  • Notes:
    As we studied Richard II in 2020, we will continue with the series, studying next: Henry IVth Part 1. It is, of course, a history play and has plenty of humour because Shakespeare introduces Falstaff into the story.

    We will begin by showing the play on DVD using a fairly conventional version. Then we will read the play right through, discussing the themes, characters etc as we go, finishing up with another DVD of a more experimental production. We take turns at reading the different parts, but nobody is obliged to read. You will need your own copy, preferably with notes; we have found that it is much easier to use a book version than an electronic one, as we do turn backwards and forwards quite a bit.

     Useful notes are in a number of editions.
    The Arden or New Arden editions are good but there are others; please phone for help if needed.
    Please phone Alison or Lindsay before the first meeting to check on Covid regulations.