Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2020)

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Making Contemporary Theatre

Level 5 (30 credits)

This module examines processes, techniques and modes of expression used by contemporary theatre-makers to create a variety of forms. We examine how the performance-making processes of significant practitioners function analytically, creatively, and practically. We consider how practitioners strategically deploy methodologies, conventions and techniques to produce particular outcomes. We consider how process is informed by content, genre, mode of representation, theatrical convention, and ideological and cultural context. We learn methods of workshopping and performing that can create stimulating and engaging theatre. Theatre makers examined change from year to year; please contact the convenor for further details.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Over the summer, I encourage you to read one short book, which we will give you some background on the practices and approaches you will use in this class.

  • The book is Bill Blake's Theatre & the Digital, which is available for less than £6.99 through most online retailers.
  • In addition, a selection from Miriam Felton-Dansky's book Viral Performance will be made available on September for you to read ahead of our first class.

This module will take as its theme and approach 'socially-distanced' performance. As a result, you will need to have reliable access to the internet. If you have any concerns about your ability to access adequate technology and broadband, please be in touch immediately so the School of English and Drama can support you.

In addition, you will need to purchase the following short book, which costs £6.99.

You will be expected to purchase a few materials to complete performance tasks as the semester proceeds. The total cost for all materials will be less than £10.

Learning Context Practice-based
Semester 1
  1. Group Performance Project (15 - 20 minutes), 60%
  2. Essay (2400 words), 40%
Mode of reassessment Standard
Contact Shane Boyle