Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Successful completion of Part 1
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Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 3000 word essay  50%
Semester Assessment Presentation and Documentation (equivalent to 2000 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 3000 word essay  Failed components of assessment must be resubmitted to a new title or retaken.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation Plan and Documentation  (equivalent to 2000 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Analyse and critically evaluate a range of dramatic texts within the period in question;

Engage critically with the skills and processes of production of the texts from the period in question;

Interpret critically the cultural frameworks surrounding the social purpose of drama in the period under review;

Formulate informed arguments reflecting knowledge of current debates and the ability to perform research both independently and as part of a group through the presentation of a written assignment and the group presentation.

Brief description

This module is the first of a series of modules within the revised Theatre curriculum which offers a detailed exploration of a selection of recent British drama texts, within a cultural and political context. Students will be given the opportunity to consider theatrical problems and consequences of previous and possible productions.

Through directed reading and weekly discussions students will be encouraged to develop original ideas about the specifically theatrical dimensions and demands of the texts under review.


The series of lectures and associated seminars will focus on the following content:

1. Women and Violence: The Love of the Nightingale (1988), Random (2008)
2. Satiric Anatomies (1): Britain: Singer (1989)
3. The tragedy of manners: Closer (1997)
4. Escaping the Self?: Crave (1998), 4.48 Psychosis (2000)
5. Satiric Anatomies (2): Ireland: The Lieutentant of Inishmore (2001)
6. Irish developments of the dramatic monologue: Port Authority (2001), Howie the Rookie (1999)
7. Satiric Anatomies (3): Globalization; Attempts on her Life (1997)
8. Magic Realism: Gas Station Angel (1988), The Wonderful World of Dissocia (2004)
9. Catastrophic Bodies and Landscapes: I Saw Myself (2008) and Found in the Ground (2009)
10. English Dystopias: Jerusalem (2009), Merlin Unchained (2009)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively in written form is directly assessed. The work done in seminars develops oral communication skills although this is not directly assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of its assignments. These skills are directly assessed through both Assessments.
Information Technology The ability to utilize technology both in the research for and delivery of written assignments is assessed directly Assessments.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing research project) are developed through the completion of assessments tasks.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed across the duration of the module.
Research skills Appropriate personal research and the development of effective personal research practices are directly assessed through both Assessments.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007). The following subject specific skills are developed and partly assessed: * describing, theorising, interpreting and evaluating performance texts and performance events from a range of critical perspectives * developing skills of observation and visual, aural and spatial awareness * considering theories of spectatorship and developing an awareness of the audience or client group for performance and an ability to respond and adapt to it through flexible means * engaging in research, whether independent, group or performance-based * identifying and interpreting the cultural frameworks which surround performance events and on which these events impinge, and taking these into account in creating and/or interpreting performances * making records of performance, using skills in notation and/or documentation
Team work Effective group work through negotiating ideas and opinions is addressed through the seminars and seminar presentations.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Chambers, Lilian and Jordan, Eamonn (eds.) The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories Dublin: Carysfort Primo search D'Monte, Rebecca and Saunders, Graham (eds.) (2008) Cruel Britannia: British Political Drama in the 1990s Palgrave Primo search Gritzner, K. and Rabey, D.I. (2006) Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker London: Oberon Primo search Holdsworth, Nadine and Luckhurst, Mary (eds.) (2007) Concise Companion to British and Irish Drama Blackwell Primo search Luckhurst, Mary (ed) (2006) A Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama 1880-2005 Blackwell Primo search Rabey, David Ian (1997) David Rudkin: Sacred Disobedience Amsterdam: Harwood Primo search Rabey, David Ian (2003) English Drama Since 1940 London: Longman Primo search Rabey, David Ian (2009) Howard Barker: Ecstasy and Death Basingstoke: Palgrave Primo search Rabey, David Ian (2009) Howard Barker: Politics and Desire Basingstoke: Palgrave Primo search Russell, Richard Rankin (ed.) (2007) Martin McDonagh: A Casebook London: Routledge Primo search Saunders, Graham (2002) Love Me or Kill Me: Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes Manchester UP Primo search Saunders, Graham (2008) Patrick Marber's 'Closer' London: Continuum Primo search Wood, Gerald (2003) Conor McPherson: Imagining Mischief Dublin: Liffey Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6