Orpington U3A have a number of Interest Groups listed together under the heading of "Culture". Click on a group that interests you to find out more details.
Art Appreciation - We currently have 3 Art Appreciation groups combining discussions at members' homes with exhibition visits.
Book Groups - Reading groups are very popular in Orpington U3A. We currently have 7 groups which meet at either local libraries or members' homes, including one group focusing on crime novels.
Etymology - We discuss word related items. All members are expected to make a contribution.
Literary Discussion - We explore a couple of poems in detail, which sometimes leads us to broader discussion.
Opera and Ballet Appreciation - Members watch and discuss opera and ballet performances in a friendly and convivial atmosphere.
Philosophy - A discussion group which compares the thoughts of ancient and contemporary philosophers and the impact made on modern society, plus global news patterns.
Play Reading - A different set of play scripts (a variety of dramas, comedies, thrillers) is provided by the leader each month and members sit round in the leader’s home taking part by reading the characters’ lines in this friendly group.
Plays in Production - The group aims to enhance the experience of going to the theatre. We choose the plays we wish to see (6-8 a year), and before seeing it we read part of the text, and/or consider the playwright, when the play was written etc. We then see the play and afterwards discuss the production.
Poetry - We choose an eclectic mix of poetry, either a theme e.g. Seasons, Love poems, Christmas etc. or a poet, anyone from Shakespeare to Pam Ayres or Bob Dylan (accompanied with music!).
Shakespeare - A study of his plays including reading and discussion. We link the plays to the cinema relays from the RSC, so that members can both see and read the plays
Theatre Goers - Group visits to London theatre productions at the National Theatre and other London Theatres.
Theatre Matinees - Trips are mainly to see West End shows, but we do occasionally visit local Theatres.
Wordsmiths - Entertaining group which writes plays, stories, monologues and/or poetry and recites work to the group. Also forum for lively discussion.