Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2020)

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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

There is no advance preparation required for this module.

Given the coronavirus pandemic, access to live performances is highly unlikely in Semester 1. Instead, the module will focus on the online offerings that London theatre and performance venues are offering during this period. This will significantly reduce costs for the module. In the event that live performances are accessible, an online alternative will always be offered for students who cannot attend the live event.

In semester 2, we plan to resume regular theatre attendance, if permitted by conditions at the time.  This would involve ticket costs totalling approximately £100.

Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester 1 or 2
  1. Written Exercise (1000 words), 30%
  2. Essay (2500 words), 70%
Mode of reassessment Standard

TBC (Semester 1); Swati Arora (convenor, Semester 2)

-- Contact Caoimhe McAvinchey or Michael McKinnie for further information