|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay 7,500 words maximum||100%|
On completion of this module, students should have
Developed written skills through work on, and submission of, a substantial essay which must demonstrate capacities for analysis and argument;
Demonstrated personal initiative in negotiating conceptual terrain largely unmapped (or considered only superficially) by much drama criticism, and relating this to broader theories of theatre;
Developed oral skills through following lectures and participating in seminar discussions on these topics.
- To develop an understanding of contemporary experimental British drama.
- To develop methodology an vocabulary relating to relevant theories of theatre and drama.
- To develop an informal and thorough discourse of critique of contemporary British drama and theatre.
- To provide opportunities for assessing theatre artists'practice in the light of theory and criticism
Particular attention will be paid to issues involved in (i) staging explicit and violent scenes as a deliberate challenge to artistic and social terms of control (ii) problems of dramatizing the non-rational (iii) use of deliberate references to earlier theatrical forms (Greek, Renaissance, Restoration) and subversion of conventional notions of theatricality, and (iv) the use of stylised language and challenging stage directions to create an urgent and visceral modern poetics of stage performance and mise-en-scene.
Whilst there is a strong argument for the parallel consideration of non-text-based contemporary expressionist performance, it is envisaged that this might form part of another module, or a substantial augmentation and reorientation of this one, at a later date.
This module is at CQFW Level 7