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EMC CPD Face-to-Face: Refresh Your Approach to A Streetcar Named Desire

Places available
£245 per place
This cross-specification course will provide ideas for engaging with the text on the page and in production, situating the play in its cultural, historic and generic context, including that of the first stage production. Active approaches to exploring the play’s literary, linguistic and dramatic qualities will be complemented by critical material to challenge your students and develop your own subject knowledge. We will be joined by Professor Sos Eltis of Brasenose College, Oxford, who will give a lecture. 
  • Fresh ideas for analysing characters and their relationships
  • A range of approaches to close analysis
  • Introducing the play's context and pre-reading activities
  • Exploring ideas about naturalism, expressionism and Williams’ ‘plastic theatre’.
  • Extending and sharpening responses – active approaches to criticism.

NB: This is a repeat course.

EMC, 44 Webber Street, London, SE1 8QW

How to get to the English and Media Centre

National Rail:

Waterloo and Waterloo East are within 10 minutes walk


Southwark on the Jubilee Line

Waterloo on the Jubilee, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City and Northern Lines


The following bus routes go close to Webber Street: 1, 139, 168, 171, 172, 344


Course fee includes a digital copy of EMC's photocopiable pack Studying A Streetcar Named Desire.
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Emma Barker

Emma Barker worked as an English teacher for many years in London schools, leading each of the key stages before becoming Head of English. At the EMC since 2016, she ran the English with media/drama PGCE course until 2023 and continues to teach the English side of EMC's Media with English PGCE with Goldsmiths, as well as working on student conferences and A Level courses at the Centre

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Lucy Webster

Lucy Webster has been an advisory teacher at EMC since 1999. She is co-editor of emagazine, runs courses and writes and edits publications, specialising in A Level English Literature. Recent publications include Doing Close Reading, study guides to A Streetcar Named DesireHamletKing Lear, Atonement and Mrs Dalloway and Yes We Can: EMC Approaches to Rhetoric – A Practical Guide for 11-14. She edited The Literature Reader and co-edited What Matters in English Teaching.

  • Bookings for this course will close at 8am (London, UK) on Tuesday 8th October or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner. 
  • This course must be booked online. 
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Cancellations and amendments

  • We require at least five working days’ notice of cancellation, otherwise your school will be invoiced for the full amount. However, if you are not able to attend and a colleague would like to take your place, this can be arranged at any time. (Please email [email protected] with the name and email address of the teacher.)
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  • If a course does have to be cancelled you will not be charged for the course and will receive a refund if you paid in advance. However, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the course which have been arranged by you or your institution are at your own risk and not refundable by us. You may wish to wait until you hear that the course has reached viable numbers before booking these.
  • Our face-to-face courses are very interactive and cannot be live-streamed.