Culture, Power and Performance

Level 5 (15 credits)

This module examines the power relations of theatre and performance, focusing on how artists engage with the politics of representation and identity formation. The module builds on the introduction to the semiotics and histories of theatre from your first year, while developing your skills in performance analysis and research. Discussions and readings will draw from key academic and political debates, which could include queer theory, post-colonial studies, critical race theory, feminism, disability studies, Marxism, etc. Through study of a wide range of play texts and performance traditions, you will examine how formal and aesthetic innovations in theatre relate to the social and economic conditions from which they emerge.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Why take
Culture, Power and Performance

  • Core module for Drama single honours students
  • We explore how theatre and performance engages with urgent social and political ideas
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester One
  1. Essay (1500 words), 40%
  2. Essay (2000 words), 60%
Mode of reassessment Standard