Performance and Community

Level 6 (15 credits)

This module examines how cultural interventions are used in areas of social development in local, national and international contexts. We will examine how performance has been used to address issues which may include education, health, sexuality, gender, race, migration, disability and social exclusion. We will consider case studies of theatre and performance work in action, theoretical frames to examine them and current debates which inform and impact upon the field.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no advance preparation for this module.

Performance tickets, approx £20.

Why take
Performance and Community

  • This module critically examines ideas of community. We ask: What is a community? Who is in a community? What does making cultural work with communities do/mean/look like?
  • We will examine a range of materials performance projects, secondary documentation and academic writing to consider the ways in which performance projects engage with the cultural politics of making worth in, with and about communities.
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester One
  1. Group Presentation (12-15 mins), 25%
  2. Essay (3000 words), 75%
Mode of reassessment Standard