Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2022)


London Performance Now

Level 5 (15 credits)

London is one of Europe's most exciting theatrical cities with a range of productions on offer at any given time. This module will examine a range of live productions to explore strategies for reading live performance that recognize the importance of where performances take place. As a group we will visit the National Theatre, the Barbican, and the Royal Court as well as 'fringe' or alternative venues in examining how we read the performance event. You will be expected to engage with critical reviews of performances, examine the role of press and marketing and explore the targeting of specific productions to particular audience groups

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Why take London Performance Now?

  1. You'll explore the work of mainstream as well as fringe or alternative venues
  2. You'll examine critical reviews of performances and think about the role of media and marketing in performance
  3. You'll explore how specific productions engage with particular audiences
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester 1 or 2
  1. Written Exercise (1000 words), 30%
  2. Essay (2500 words), 70%
Mode of reassessment Standard

Semester 1: Ansuman Biswas

Semester 2: Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal